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Resident School Program

Over 200,000 students have learned about their environment, themselves, and each other in our resident school program. This program provides hands-on, experienced-centered classes in an outdoor setting. Programs are offered in resident experiences lasting 3, 4, or 5 days during the school year from September to May. Special sessions and events are offered with many age groups and adults, however, the 5th and 6th grade levels make up most of the student body that participate in our resident education program.

The Mohican Curriculum is designed to enhance the curriculum of the participating school. Our classes include many College and Career Ready standards and 21st Century Skills, and many of our classes are inquiry-based.  Mohican School's thematic approach is to create a community where all aspects of the resident experience help students develop a sense of responsibility and stewardship toward the environment. Teachers from participating schools work together with Mohican staff in selecting classes.  A curriculum guide is available upon request. 

Examples of classes offered are as follows:

(1) Aquatic Studies - Visit a creek, a pond, or wetlands to learn about these wonderful habitats! Collect and display data to determine the health of this ecosystem based on macroinvertebrate study and water chemistry.

(2) Ecology -A comprehensive view of the biotic and abiotic components of ecosystems. Explore fields, a pine forest, beech-maple forest and streams. Investigate and discover the great diversity among organisms and how they interact with one another.

(3) Compass Challenge - Learn to use a compass, your pace and your brains to compete against other teams on the compass course.

(4) Survival - Participants will learn what it takes to survive in the woods! Learn about basic survival needs and build a shelter in the forest.

(5) Ornithology - Join us on a bird hike and learn more about migratory and resident birds.

(6) Entomology - Take the "UG!" out of bug and turn it into an "AH!" Collect insects to learn more about this fascinating subject.

(7) Dendrology - Learn to identify several tree species common to our area using a dichotomous key. Learn about pioneer and modern uses of trees in Ohio.

(8) Geology - Explore Hemlock Falls and see Blackhand sandstone formed 350 million years ago! Learn how to use rock picks and safety goggles. Observe rocks and minerals through a hand lens. Use the Mohs scale of hardness to classify rocks you collect.

(9) Living History -Take a walk through time and explore Ohio during the early 1800's. Meet characters from the past who helped shape Ohio.                   .

(10) Natural Cache - Learn how to use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver and how geospatial technology is used in everyday life.   

MOS Resident Education Program Objectives

  • to enhance existing school curriculum by providing hands-on, experience-centered classes in an outdoor setting
  • to help students learn the functions of community living and cooperation away from home. to help students grow in understanding of each other and those older and younger than themselves in a relaxed atmosphere
  • to help students improve attitudes toward learning
  • to create an atmosphere where students can gain positive educational experiences in an outdoor setting
  • to explore with students some possibilities for future creative leisure-time activities
  • to help students appreciate more fully the complexity, inter-relatedness and beauty of the natural environment
  • to develop a sense of responsibility and stewardship for the environment


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