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SOLE Sojourns Spring 2015 Vol. 1


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F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K
F O L L O W on T W I T T E R
F O L L O W on G O O G L E +
F O L L O W on L I N K E D I N
F O L L O W on Y O U T U B E

SnowSchool Success!

From The Desk of Our Executive Director

As I awoke today Spring was in full force in the Cabinet Mountains.  Cumulonimbus clouds collided and created thunderstorms which delivered copious amounts of hail.  Shortly afterwards, the song birds which have since migrated back in the forest behind our cabin, were out on the tamarack and fir limbs basking in the light and singing in full force.  Needless to say, the power and intensity of nature is always evident to me this time of year.

During a recent trip to the Pacific Coast of Oregon, I reflected on SOLE's most recent winter 2014-15 season. Despite the challenging conditions we experienced this past winter, I felt a sincere sense of appreciation for what our community has accomplished, as well as, a deep sense of gratitude for those that have continued to support us along the way.  

Over this past winter, SOLE has continued to expand both our American Institute for Avalanche Education (AIARE) avalanche education program, and Winter Wildlands Alliance (WWA) SnowSchool Experience program.  The greatest growth this winter has occurred in the latter program.  Due to gracious industry and community support, SOLE was able to serve (11) 5th grade classes in the Lake Pend Oreille School District by providing intentional "on-snow" place-based experiential programming which focused on winter ecology and snow science.  Over 250 local area youth and over 30 adults participated in this SOLE program during the 2014-15 school year.  The vast majority of who have been on snowshoes before! Programming efforts totaled over 1500 volunteer service hours for program development and facilitation, and over 1750 programming hours for local area youth!  We view this as a tremendous accomplishment which was reinforced through the numerous positive accolades received from parents, students, teachers, and administrators alike.  

Comments From The Field:

"As a former teacher, I'd say it was an A-plus day for learning and doing so in an A-plus plus environment.  Our students are truly fortunate to have a program like S.O.L.E. to complement their normal classroom learning."


"I loved being able to explore nature on snowshoes!"

"Not only was it FUN, I want to do it again!"

"I loved learning about my snowpack and the animals of the Selkirks!"

"This was AWESOME!  Thank you SOLE!"

In addition, residents and organizations tagged along in the field and virtually this year and have since reported on our efforts.  You can read their perspective of our SnowSchool Experience here and here

Specifically, each SnowSchool Experience provided learners with (3) separate programming opportunities.  Each SnowSchool Experience began with a 1 hour pre-lesson in the classroom where students focused on content related to SnowSchool orientation and expectations, and water resources curriculum.  This was followed up with a 5 hour Fieldwork Experience where students were able to continue to develop and refine academic and outdoor skill curriculum related to winter ecology, snow-science, and snowshoeing, and of course some good 'ole fashion F-U-N was thrown into the mix like our famous "belly sliding"!  The final 1 hour lesson of each SnowSchool Experience occurred back in the classroom.  There students were able to review their day in the field and analyze and compare their collected data to past SNOTEL Snow Water Equivalency (SWE) data.  In addition, they used this information to complete a capstone project involving a math standards-based activity (i.e., creating a line graph which represented SWE inches and years accounted since 1983).  From this project, students were able to draw further comparisons, contrasts, and conclusions.

In closing, we look forward to continuing this novel 5th grade program for the Lake Pend Oreille School District, and offering additional transformational experiential programs all of our stakeholders!  Overall, it is our aim to extend this and other programs to key locales and grade levels including middle and high school programs which further explore snow science as it relates to the avalanche phenomena and other STEM related programming.  That said, like our other youth-based educational programs, we can only provide these experiential and outdoor education opportunities through the continued support demonstrated in the communities we serve.  In the coming months and next fall you will have the opportunity to do just that - give to our cause.  I sincerely appreciate your considering these funding opportunities so our youth can experience a natural learning environment where they can truly explore, achieve, and lead!

Happy Spring,
Dennison Webb, M.A.
Founder & Executive Director

Selkirk Outdoor Leadership & Education (SOLE), Inc.

On May 7th Idaho Gives, will you?


Idaho Gives is a, 24-hour giving day which takes place on-line on May 7th!   

On May 7, 2015, Idaho Gives brings Idaho-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits like SOLE together for an annual day of online giving. From 12:00am to 11:59pm MST, we ask you to donate to our cause via SOLE's Razoo Idaho Give Web Page.  

Please note:  You do NOT have to live in Idaho to participate in this event, as it occurs ALL ONLINE!

To make it fun, the Idaho Non-Profit Center and various partners include cash prizes which are awarded throughout the day, as individuals, groups, businesses, and corporations give to our cause.

Through YOUR participation in this day of online giving SOLE can win random Golden Ticket or Donor Appreciation prizes in addition to earning Scoreboard prizes.

Whether you schedule your donation early or plan to give on the day, stop back May 7th to be part of Idaho Gives.  Again, you can make your donation in advance or on May 7th via SOLE's Razoo Idaho Give Web Page

SOLE Summer Program Registration is Open!

It's that time of year again - to plan for you summer adventure. Once again SOLE has several summer programming options ranging from outdoor science and service-learning programs to expedition-based outdoor leadership, interdisciplinary experiences, and adventure therapy journeys.  

New this summer!  SOLE will be offering high school credit for our expedition-based programs through AdvancEd for those in need of credit recovery or those searching for a novel way to earn extracurricular credits like Physical Education or Outdoor Leadership. 

See All Upcoming Summer SOLE Experiences & Events Here >>

Additional dates will be added, so stay tuned-in!

Become A Member of TEAM SOLE!

Do you enjoy the outdoors and want to make a difference for youth this summer?

SOLE is accepting applications for our summer internship program!   

This competitive position includes formal training and coaching from SOLE Administrators and Field Instructors that have over 30 years in the fields of experiential and outdoor education.  

The ideal candidate will be someone who is able to deal well with adversity, current certifications for working within the experiential / outdoor education fields, has a willingness to address diverse needs within the context of a grassroots non-profit.  Future contract employment and compensation will be made available to those that demonstrate
administrative, logistical, and field-related competencies.

To apply: send your cover letter, resume', and 3 references to our
 Executive Director to be a part of this novel organization!

Parting Shot From The Field

Do you know where this shot was taken?  First person to let us know at: will receive some FREE SOLE Gear from our Gear For Good Store!
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Contact SOLE:
1255 Meadowood Road
Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
928.35.SOLE (7653)

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