OUTDOOR EDUCATION IN THE JAPANESE ALPS
At Evergreen, nature is our classroom, and Outdoor Education means a lot to us. Outdoor Education is learning in, about and for the outdoors. We believe that being in the outdoors enhances enthusiasm and increases natural learning.
As we all know, learning extends far beyond the school walls, and bringing them outdoors from time to time can lead to invaluable experiences for students and teachers alike. Giving individuals the opportunity to experience, master and enjoy new activities in a fun and safe environment can lead to immeasurable personal development and the acquisition of new skills.
With over a decade of experience and an international team of professional guides, we here at Evergreen pride ourselves in the high caliber of our International School programs.
GREEN SEASON PROGRAMS
Our green season starts in May and it finishes in November.
During this time, our education programs include water and land activities to connect the participants with the nature.
Our water activities include raft building, canoeing, SUP, kayaking on Lake Aokiko, canyoning in our local canyon Kamushika or rafting in Himekawa or Saigawa rivers.
Our land activities include hiking, orienteering, tree climbing, wall climbing, mountain bike, geocache and much more.
We provide different accommodation options, depending of the time of the year, requirements of the school and age of the participants. While staying in a hotel is of course an option, many schools opt for camping, relying on the students to cook their meals, set their tents and have a truly outdoor experience.
We are able to provide everything from utensils, tables and chairs to tents and sheltered eating areas. Whether it is the first or last day, students will be continually experiencing new things.
WINTER SEASON PROGRAMS
Our winter season starts in December and it finishes in April.
During this time, our education programs include snowsports activities across Hakuba Valley.
Our snowsports activities include ski and snowboard, cross country, snowshoe, cave building, mountain awareness, avalanche lectures, sleeding and snow games and much more.
Our activities will be located in between the ski resorts of Happo One, Iwatake, Tsugaike Kogen and Cortina.
We provide different accommodation options, depending of the time of the year, requirements of the school and age of the participants.
Duke Of Edinburgh
Evergreen is a proud provider of DofE challenges all over Japan. Whether you are in need of a guide to lead you through the mountains, or you would like us to organize an adventure challenge from scratch, we will be more than happy to assist with anything needed. Our staff are registered as DofE award Trip leaders and are fully experienced to ensure a maximum of safety and fun!
Frequently Asked Questions
The Alps View Hotel.
Our base for our adventures in Hakuba Valley
Tsugaike accommodation at it’s best. The Alps View is a newly renovated hotel complex with a relaxed atmosphere, providing easy access to Hakuba Valley’s endless activities.
Teapot / Cups / tea set, Hangers, Safe box, Free Wifi in the rooms, Central Heater, A/C, 100% cotton bedding, Private Bathroom, bath Towel, face towel, Shampoo, conditioner, gel, toothbrush, Hair Dryer
24 hrs supervision, Laundry, Luggage storage, Safety deposit box, 24 hours security, Security Alarm, Smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, Free WIFI in the hotel, Games room, Training / Conference Room, Alps Craft Cafe, Live music events (scheduled)
The Alps Craft Cafe
Looking after our environment is paramount, and our food plays a huge part in this. Throughout our camps we endeavour to provide our campers with nutritional, eco-sourced meals using local produce, including: vegetables, free range eggs, local Shinsyu chicken and locally grown organic goods. We always try to avoid using additives, preservatives and MSG wherever possible. We cater to food allergies, and can provide vegetarian/vegan options upon your request.
We try our upmost to support the local economy and community by using local businesses and restaurants. We also prepare meals in our own kitchen to ensure our campers’ food is fresh with minimal carbon footprint as possible.
Our Commitment To The Environment
- We try not to use air conditioning in our offices or in our vehicles while driving.
- We plant trees to replace air conditioners and work to improve ventilation.
- We do not consume unnecessary electricity.
- We use compost.
- Recycling is a big part of our company culture.
Our efforts may seem small, but small changes on a large scale can make huge changes on industry and on our environment. We share our ideology with our staff, and encourage them to be forward thinking towards their own environmental foot-print. We would like to think that our seasonal staff return to their home countries with a more open mind set and adjust their habits to protect our planet whenever possible.
Your Camp Leaders
EOC Founder & Adventure Leadership Program Director
“Let’s discover your full potential while out exploring the spectacular wild spaces of Nagano.”
EOC Founder & Kids Camp Developer
“I am always excited to create chances for self development for our campers!”
Schools Program Director
“I've been connecting with nature since I was kid and now it has become my lifestyle”
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than they seek.” - John Muir
"Everything quiets down and the only thing going on is pure flow. It’s just wilderness and the movement. This is what I love."
Don't Just Take Our Word For It
Today we have been looking at some great photos of camp bringing back wonderful memories. The Grade Fours really appreciated all the effort and enthusiasm that you and your amazing team put into our camp. The students look forward to next year for more great times.
- Tokyo International School
Dave, your guys were fantastic! If it weren't for your professional assistance we wouldn't be able to run our Outdoor program in Japan.
Thank you and look forward to seeing you in the spring for the year 9's.
- British School in Tokyo
Thank you very much for everything and all your support for our Grade 6 students and teachers! They all really enjoyed the trip and raved about how much nice the EOC team are!
- Yokohama International School
Evergreen set us up really good for the week, from sorting out the camping to organizing fun and active events, they were ever present. We went hiking, did some canyoning, mountain-biking and rafting, among others. The staff are really professional and welcoming and always willing to go the extra mile. I would highly recommend Evergreen and the beautiful region of Hakuba! Arigato gozaimasu to Evergreen.
Kieran De Groote
- United World College of Asia