I am a trail of crumbs for curious minds. - ESD Manifesto
Connecting with the Great Outdoors in Support of the School’s Mission
Outdoor education has been essential to The Episcopal School of Dallas since day one, 1974, when Father Swann, two teachers, and 11 students gathered around a campfire in Galveston. Today, the tradition continues as we offer a well-rounded Outdoor Education Program that engages all Kindergarten through grade 12 students in experiences beyond the classroom. We create opportunities for students to make connections with classroom learning experiences through place-based experiential learning opportunities.
The Program supports the Mission of The Episcopal School of Dallas, supplements the curriculum at all grade levels, and is an expression of the Founding Tenet of Community. The experience is further enhanced through access to Wolf Run Ranch, ESD’s 300-acre Outdoor Education Center.
The basic goals of all the trips are for students to learn about themselves, others, and the world around them, as well as to work together and care for each other.
- What is Outdoor Education?
- What is Wolf Run Ranch?
- What type of activities do students participate in at Wolf Run?
- What do students eat while at Wolf Run? My child has food allergies, will he be okay?
- My child has never slept away at camp or gone camping before, will they be okay and safe?
- Who addresses medical emergencies?
- Will my child have time to play video games?
Wolf Run Ranch is a 300-acre Outdoor Education Center located just outside of Anna, Texas. The facility, founded thanks to the generosity and guidance of the late Pete Gifford of Dallas, provides nature trails, a lake, a low ropes course, two bunk houses, a lodge, an outdoor chapel, and a working ranch for our students’ outdoor educational use.
Yes, your child will be safe. We teach overnight stays and camping skills in progression.
Lower School students spend an optional overnight at the ranch, sleeping in the bunkhouses with their parents and classmates.
Middle School students have their first grade-level overnight experience sleeping at Wolf Run. We teach them how to camp/sleep in a bunkhouse in preparation for their two night stay in camp bunkhouses on their gulf coast trip. Sixth grade student learn how to sleep/camp in tents at Wolf Run; spending their first night out in a four-person tent at Wolf Run. Seventh-grade students have an overnight experience at Wolf Run sleeping in the bunkhouse, and also spend an overnight tent-camping at a local State park. Eighth-grade students spend multiple nights sleeping in a large group tent shelter, and learn how to backpack and tent-camp in a national forest.
Located just outside of Anna, Texas, Wolf Run provides a 300-acre environment for experiences of community. Nature trails, a lake, a low ropes course, two bunk houses, a lodge, an outdoor chapel, and a working ranch create unique opportunities for learning and self-growth for students grades one through twelve.