GoNorth! is the world’s forerunner in adventure learning, with free K-12 adventure learning programs delivered to classrooms worldwide on an annual basis since 2000. Reaching more than three million learners annually (across all fifty states and the entire globe), the first six GoNorth! programs provided the grounding proof-of-concept for AL. In these programs, students from around the world completed research-based lesson plans while interacting with an Arctic dogsledding expedition team, scientists, and their peers and teachers. Students learned about climate change, Arctic geography and culture, and issues of sustainability, among other topics, as they followed live expeditions that traversed the circumpolar Arctic.
My students think this is the most amazing learning experience they have ever had. From the lesson activities to the online chats, (and) collaboration areas, it is truly inspiring for me as a teacher . . . my students are talking about what they are learning outside of my classroom. I even have parents inquiring about the program. —Jen, 2nd year science teacher
From the Arctic to Africa, adventure learning (AL) is changing how students learn and teachers teach. AL provides students with authentic learning experiences within a hybrid online environment, as students follow along with a live expedition centered on a specific location and issue and tied to a predesigned curriculum. Learners separated by distance and time are able to connect with one another, access authentic data and media assets tied to a real-world event, and collaborate with each other, with field experts, and with the expedition team.
I loved going online because it helped us understand what the teacher was teaching. We would actually be able to see it all in action and be part of it. —Penelope, 5th grade student