What are Gait Studies? Gait refers to the movement pattern the animal is using and the corresponding gait pattern is left for trackers to interpret. In human terms, walk, jog, run, sprint, sit, stand, kneel, etc, etc.
The Clovis Program is focused on the ancient human lineage of hunter-gatherer cultures and the lessons they have to teach us. There are two, 12 session semesters, one spring and one fall which can be taken together or separately. The program is for students 10-14.
Each week the students will be guided to further their education of wilderness self-reliance and naturalist studies. Each semester will have three to five themes that will run throughout, informing the curriculum, allowing us to go deeper into the subject and ensuring the students engage with the information and skills in a variety of ways. This creates a more thorough education and helps to build lasting understanding of our studies.
This semester program is for a very small select group of kids who are self motivated and enthused about learning wilderness living skills. We love a balance of focused learning and energized games, but in this semester we will have more complicated projects and less games than our typical week of fun and educational activities that typify our semester program. That is to say, this is not for everyone, but the perfect fit for a few.
This year the themes for Clovis are:
Fall: Plant Journaling Friction Fire Wood Carving Natural Fibers Awareness Games
Spring: Wildlife Tracking Mammal Studies Winter Trees and Teas Accuracy Games
In learning these skills students get an opportunity to cultivate personal strength and understanding of oneself. Each day at the Clovis Program includes time working on core skills such as tracking and awareness, hands on projects with natural materials, and time learning about the landscape. As the months go by students begin to build their knowledge and understanding through practice and study, and experience the achievement of completing long term skills projects. In order to ensure student to teacher ratios we will be limiting the class size to twelve students per group.
New Protocols To Be Covid Sensitive
Covid 19 Rules for Roots School – Until notice the following will apply to all Roots Classes
In order to make it safe to run our programs we ask everyone to carefully follow the following precautions. We understand this is inconvenient and counter-intuitive to some people but it is the only way we are able to continue to offer our classes to the public in person.
All classes will be fully outside, please dress accordingly. Please do not enter the building.
Please respect a 6-8 foot minimum distance between you and others. If you must be closer to others a mask must be worn by both parties.
Wash your hands often. Outdoor hand washing stations are available.
Do not touch any tools or objects without clear invitation. Workspace and tools will be shared for the duration of the course and then disinfected. If you need a tool or material please ask and that way we know what needs to be cleaned.
If you have any symptoms related to Covid -19 do not attend.
Please pee outside when possible away from group areas and trails. When you need to use the outhouse please touch as little as possible and clean the toilet seat when you are done with spray cleaner at each location. Please do not throw disinfectant cloths in the toilet. Use hand sanitizer located outside.
Our normal level of tolerance. and our willingness to work with challenging or impulsive behavior, is severely limited due to the current state of the world. This has a strict and specific tone to it I realize, and not the fun come engage with nature that is typical, but is the only way we feel we can manage it while keeping everyone as safe as possible. If you cannot or choose not adhere strictly to the above safety guidelines you will be asked to leave immediately without refund or question. We are unwilling to risk our safety or the safety of others. With this being the case, our program cannot take on those that have behavioral complications. We reserve the right to send home kids that cannot or will not comply with the guidelines we put in place with no refunds available.
If you choose to have your child attend, please know that no matter how careful we are we are unable to make any guarantees about no-one contracting covid. We want you to acknowledge that there is an inherent risk, no matter how many mitigation strategies we use and how compliant the kids are, in public exposure that you are taking on.
This program will be held at Roots School. 192 Bear Notch Rd, Corinth, VT, 05039
Cost and Dates:
Sign up for either the whole year or just the semester individually. Deposits or full payments are due with registration. Payment plans can be established.
Whole Year Tuition:
Deposit $500 Balance: $1200 Full Price: $1700 ($100 off)
Deposit: $300 Balance: $600 Full Price: $900
The program dates are September 2, 9, 16, 23 October 7, 14, 21, 28 November 4, 11, 18, 25. Every session is on Wednesdays, from 9AM-3:00PM
Deposit: $300 Balance: $600 Full Price: $900
Clovis Program dates for the 2021 Spring Semester:
Every session is on Wednesdays, from 9AM-3:00PM
Online registrations are preferred, but registration by mail is accepted. Either proceed online above, or mail in the forms below with a check for the deposit.