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New Perspectives - Apr, 1993 Issue #21 

Bonners Ferry, Idaho
David Yeats - Owner/Admissions
Review by Linda Shaffer

Northwoods Trailside School is a family owned 10-week summer expedition program based in Northern Idaho with an emphasis on stimulating wilderness and academic experiences for teenagers.

Northwoods Trailside School is intended to be physically, intellectually and emotionally challenging. The objective is for students to experience new ways to value themselves, their environment, and their relationships to those most important to them.

The school's academic themes are developed and presented by Idaho State Certified teachers who assist the students in documenting their learning and work with the student's local school to award credits for their Northwoods experience.

The school uses North Idaho locations such as the Kootenai River, the Selkirk Mountains, Upper and Lower Priest Lakes, the Pend Oreille River and lake with "finals" in a Cabinet Mountain traverse before returning to base camp, a family re-union, graduation and development of a follow-up contact agreement.

Yeats has been a social worker with the Marion County, Oregon Family Court, a teacher/counselor at Rocky Mountain Academy, and currently manages Individualized Services for Children's Mental Health with Idaho Family and Children's Services.

Northwoods staff are experiential educators Stephen Drinkard, Susan Drinkard, Stephanie Fitzgerald, Ed Katz and Craig Wavra. Most were teacher/counselors for Rocky Mountain Academy and since have been teaching in North Idaho public schools, Colleges and Universities. Wavra holds a Ph.D. in geology and is an exploration geologist with Sunshine Precious Metals. Their academic background includes credentials from UCLA, the University of Hawaii, Oregon State University, York College of City University New York, Adams College, North Idaho College and the University of Idaho.

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