Experiential Programming

Experiential Programming

Experiential programming is a hands-on model of learning whereby participants learn while doing and then take time to reflect upon what they have learned. At Crossnore, experiential programming is woven throughout our children’s educational and therapeutic opportunities.

What Experiential Programming Looks Like

Experiential education may take the form of a spring break trip to a historic place in our country such as Philadelphia, PA or Washington, DC. Children learn experientially when they are part of a sports team or a classroom workgroup. Such learning dovetails with our Sanctuary model as each child and his or her team meet regularly to review goals, celebrate successes, and identify areas for growth.

Experiential Programming on the Avery Campus

On our Avery campus, the pet nurturing program combines experiential learning with the chores associated with family life as children learn to care for the cottage dogs. Therapists specially trained in equine therapy utilize the horses, barn, and arenas for hands-on sessions with the children. During the summer, different clubs and classes are offered that help children explore various interests, discover their talents, and develop those talents further.


Experiential Programming on the Winston-Salem Campus

On our Winston-Salem campus, experiential learning occurs on our campus farm and our adventure-based ropes course. The serene rolling hills and outdoor spaces offer children a quiet refuge from today’s busy life, a place to run off some energy, and educational opportunities with gardening, animals, team building, and therapeutic activities.

Growing plants and caring for animals teaches our children about the cycle of life and helps them learn healthy ways of processing loss and managing growth and change. The adventure-based ropes course helps children exercise their physical bodies while exercising their emotional spirits as well. On the course they learn to trust themselves, trust their instructor and team, and develop problem solving skills.

As part of our Sanctuary commitment to social learning, experiential learning programs at Crossnore are shared experiences between staff, children, and families. It is in these moments that our children are able to heal, establish new life patterns, and utilize all of their creativity in planning for their future.