A Special Program for Extrodinary Youth

Join us for an immersive summer experience designed to empower Twice-Exceptional (2e) youth through nature, education, and community. Our proven 2E Outdoors program has successfully connected this unique population with the wonders of the outdoors, fostering confidence and a sense of belonging.

Program Overview

  • Tailored Learning: This specially crafted environmental service camp focuses on integrating adventure, education, science, and service, catering specifically to the needs and interests of Twice-Exceptional youth.
  • Collaborative Support: Partnering with our Junior Counselor Program, participants will engage in supporting Day Camp and ELF programming, fostering a sense of community and leadership among peers.
  • Conservation Impact: Engaging in Week Adventure conservation projects while also guiding the cohort to design, develop, and execute their own conservation project throughout the summer.
  • Duration: A 10-week journey through the summer, encouraging participants to attend at least 7 weeks to fully immerse themselves in the experience.
  • Limited Capacity: With only 6 slots available, each participant will receive personalized attention and support, ensuring a meaningful and inclusive experience.
  • Cost: $1,600 for the entire summer (7-10 weeks) – sliding fee and scholarships available. 
  • Location: MN Valley Chapter — Izaak Walton League of America, 6601 Auto Club Rd, Bloomington, MN 55438
  • Individualized Approach: Our program embraces diverse learning styles, offering a blend of structured activities and freedom for personal exploration.
  • Emotional Well-being: Creating a sensory-friendly atmosphere, providing tools and guidance to manage emotions and ensure comfort for all participants.

 

  • Safety First: Ensuring a safe and accessible environment, accommodating various needs to facilitate full participation.

The Program Elements

  • Hands-on Activities: Engaging in activities that allow our participants to explore nature, such as hiking, bird watching, or identifying plants.
  • Field Trips: The group will be visiting parks, nature reserves, and ecological centers to experience diverse outdoor environments.

 

  • Balanced Schedule: Offering a mix of structured activities and free time to accommodate their need for both routine and flexibility.
  • Choice-Based Activities: Providing options for different outdoor activities to cater to various interests and abilities.
  • Sensory Considerations: Being mindful of sensory sensitivities by offering quiet spaces, sensory tools, or accommodations for individuals with sensory processing differences.
  • Hands-on Projects: Facilitating projects related to nature, like building birdhouses, creating nature journals, or conducting simple scientific experiments outdoors.

 

  • Multidisciplinary Approach: Integrating subjects like science, art, and storytelling into outdoor activities to appeal to different strengths.
  • Peer Interaction: Encouraging teamwork through group activities while considering individual comfort levels with social interaction.

 

  • Emotional Regulation: Implementing strategies and guidance to help manage emotions in outdoor settings.
  • Individualized Support: Providing accommodations or modifications to activities to meet the specific needs of 2e learners, such as visual aids or alternative learning methods.

 

  • Trained Staff: Having staff trained in understanding and supporting 2e learners to provide appropriate guidance and assistance.
  • Journaling or Art: Encouraging reflection through activities like journaling, drawing, or photography to help process experiences.

 

  • Verbal Communication: Offering opportunities for discussion or sharing experiences in a supportive environment.
  • Safety Measures: Ensuring a safe environment with trained staff, appropriate equipment, and clear guidelines for outdoor activities.

 

  • Accessibility: Making accommodations for accessibility needs, such as wheelchair-accessible trails or sensory accommodations.
  • Family Engagement: Involving families in the program to understand the individual needs of each participant and provide ongoing support.
  • Regular Assessment: Continuously evaluating the program’s effectiveness and adapting activities based on participant feedback and observations.

The Summer adventure starts with a conversation

Our summer 2E program is not for every youth. Let’s make sure it is right for your child.

Let’s have a phone conversation:

Sophia Peterson, Green Crew VP, Summer 2E Program Director | sbpeterson2260@gmail.com

Michelle Meek, Parent and MNV-IWLA Board member | michelle@redpillchicago.com

Joseph Barisonzi, Executive Director of Youth Programming | jbarisonzi@iwlamnvalley.org | 612-518-5536