Pine Cove’s outdoor education program, known as the Institute of Wilderness Studies (IWS), is the perfect opportunity for hands-on, TEKS-based learning for students in grades 4-6. Our instructors teach a wide variety of classes and activities in the great outdoors, giving students the chance to grow, learn, and adventure away from the “usual.”
Pine Cove IWS provides a classroom unlike any other. We provide a wide variety of classes to choose from, including Airborne (East Texas only), Forest Study, and Earth Science, where students will get the chance to learn TEKS-based curriculum in a beautiful outdoor setting. With resources like challenge courses, snakes, birds, zip lines, games, augmented reality topographical sandboxes, and more, we ensure all lessons are unforgettable!
The IWS staff has a strong desire to see every student learn, grow, and succeed! These energetic and highly-trained instructors learn every student’s name and strive to make the outdoor education experience smooth, fun, and beneficial.
The positive effects of a trip to Pine Cove extend far beyond academics. Students will grow in leadership and social skills, getting outside their comfort zone to interact with staff and classmates like never before. Students will be encouraged to adventure big, try new things, and be brave!
Pine Cove offers outdoor education at our properties in East Texas and Central Texas. Whether you’re coming from Dallas, Houston, Austin, or somewhere a bit further away, our locations just outside of Tyler, Texas and Columbus, Texas are in the perfect location to serve your group!
“Our kids enjoyed every minute with many saying it was the best time of their life. It was very educational, reinforcing and extending far beyond what they learned in the classroom.”
Smith Elementary Teacher