Navigation Games works with educators to tailor map navigation curricula for use in schools. Our preferred mode is to work with a team of teachers and administrators to add orienteering to PE and STEM curricula, and as a team-building activity to develop a stronger community. We like to start off in a new school district with demonstration lessons for students, and an introductory workshop for teachers.
We provide materials, instructions and staff to get you started. You supply teachers and chaperones to work with us, manage the students, and participate in the activities. We work with you ahead of time to optimize the program for your school or district.
We will provide a workshop to educate teachers and staff about what orienteering is, and how they can incorporate it into their own PE or STEM classes.
Classes & Intensives
We provide introductions, classes and intensives that are designed to give students an immersive orienteering experience. Participants develop skills through fun and educational activities throughout the day, located on school grounds, a nearby park, or the forest.
Schools are encouraged to organize their own teams and clubs, and to compete at local events open to the public. In the New England area, these are hosted by the New England Orienteering Club and Cambridge Sports Union, or follow the link below to find your closest club. Our staff can advise coaches on creating a series of training exercises and developing your team. We are available to provide a weekly practice in the woods and welcome any school team or club to participate.
Many students are home from school because of the coronavirus pandemic. We can help you create neighborhood courses throughout your district, and accompanying answer sheets, for students and families to do on their own while practicing social distancing. We can also provide online lesson plans that develop the skills to enable children to do the courses, and tailor them to your class.
Our School Partners
Past and Present
Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge, MA
Newton Country Day School, Newton, MA
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, Sudbury, MA
Roger Clap Elementary School, Boston MA
Lexington Public Schools, Lexington, MA
Chelmsford Public Schools, Chelmsford, MA
Cambridge Community Schools, Cambridge, MA
Charles River School, Dover, MA
Belmont Day School, Belmont, MA
Lexington Montessori School, Lexington, MA
Sunita Williams Elementary School, Needham, MA