In acknowledgment of the importance to non-traditional learning, John Baisden recently hired a highly talented program director to help organize events and other activities at the institute. John Baisden plans to work with the new program director to implement more trips into national parks and other areas of Montana. These trips are highly beneficial for students at Turning Winds for a variety of reasons.
Backpacking and camping trips provide an opportunity for students to learn an appreciation of nature in a way that they do not usually receive in a traditional academic setting. It opens up the chance to learn a wide variety of survival skills, which builds confidence and self-esteem.
John Baisden understands the importance these lessons can play in a child's life. Baisden explains his reasoning behind focusing more on these trips stating, "I can still remember the first time I went backpacking. It was a wonderful experience because I was able to take care of myself in the wilderness. The confidence and changes in my attitude were immediate. I want students at Turning Winds to feel the same."
John Baisden hopes to participate in as many of the trips as he can. His experience backpacking and hiking in Montana is very useful for students to learn from while out on excursions.