Pursuit - Coed
The Pursuit program at Pingree is a noncompetitive afternoon activity in the fall season. Pursuit offers students the opportunity to explore the outdoors in a comfortable and safe environment. We do a variety of activities throughout the fall including canoeing, camping, geocaching, hiking, kayaking, letterboxing, mountain biking, and outdoor survival skills building. Pursuit is a unique program, giving students a place to learn leadership skills and discover outdoor activities that they will be able to pursue for the rest of their lives. A co-ed team, the coaches promote teamwork and understanding among its members. Personal growth and the development of self-confidence are important goals of Pursuit as students try unfamiliar activities and step out of their comfort zone to see what they can accomplish.
During a regular Pursuit afternoon, we will remain on campus or in neighboring Bradley Palmer State Park, Appleton Farms, or Willowdale State Forest. Once a week, Pursuit leaves campus for various locations across the North Shore. Previous day trips have included canoeing and letterboxing/geocaching in Plum Island State Park, mountain biking in Willowdale Forest, corn maze exploring, and more. The possibilities are endless and suggestions are welcome!
Overnight excursions are an integral part of the program. Three trips are offered with the hope that students can participate in at least two. In previous years, there have been overnights on Pingree’s campus, on the Ipswich River, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and off the coast of Maine. Every year is a different adventure!
Head Coach: Skylar McAlpin
Skylar has many years of experience and training in outdoor education. After completing her undergrad in biology at Oregon State University, where she was an avid member of the outdoors club, she began work as a marine science educator, leading high school students on outdoor programs in the Florida Keys. Skylar then moved and worked at The Island School in the Bahamas for four years, continuing her work with students and sharing her passion for the outdoors. She has since completed her masters of philosophy in marine ecology and is lifeguard, SCUBA divemaster, First Aid/ CPR, and Wilderness First Responder certified. Skylar teaches marine and regular biology, ecology, and oceanography at Pingree.
Assistant Coach: Jake Sheridan
Jake is an outdoors man who specializes in technical mountaineering and rock climbing. He is trained and certified in wilderness first aid at the advanced level of "wilderness first responder". Jake grew up in Essex MA and currently lives and works there as a sea kayak guide, traveling north with any free time he has to rock climb and pursue further training in wilderness medicine and technical mountaineering/climbing. By opting to use an online curriculum, Jake was afforded the opportunity to come out of school and spend his senior year traveling Chile, Argentina and Uruguay to climb and learn about the varying cultures and language. Jake plans to continue furthering his education in mountaineering and guiding skills, and aspires to guide technical expeditions internationally in the future.