A play-based approach to campcraft on Nojima Island.
At YIS, we believe that a meaningful Outdoor Education program guides students to Live in Wilderness Environments, Learn through Expedition and Adventure and Lead oneself and others through challenge.
An integral part of the curriculum, YIS Expeditions are age appropriate, rigorous and stimulating to provide opportunities for our students to pursue a balanced and wholesome education. The health and well-being of YIS students is of top priority and YIS Risk Assessment and Management practices are informed by training offered by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), an organization with over 50 years of experience managing risk in wilderness environments.
Through outdoor pursuits, campcraft and adventurous journeys in wilderness, students have rich opportunities to make connections and transfer their outdoor education skills and knowledge to and from the classroom and everyday life. All students are guided in making gains in learning through active engagement in our scaffolded and cohesive program. Environmental education is inherent to YIS Expeditions which also include cultural exploration and service opportunities; all of which are developed in the classroom and reinforced in an expedition setting. Find out more about our Expeditions below.
Climbing through the concept of conflict in the natural surroundings of Okutama.
Canyoning in Gunma Prefecture and caring for each other.
Community living with adventure in Minakami.
Multi-day hiking, relying on oneself and others in the Fuji Five Lakes area.
Taking smart risks rafting the Shinano River.
Sharing leadership while being mindful of spiritual journeys in wilderness.
Exploring underwater Okinawa and a shared leadership model.
Taking initiative paddling the beautiful and adventurous Yoshino River.
Snowshoeing the mountains of Nozawa and putting leadership into action.
Living, Learning and Leading Beyond YIS.