Parents

Two important things right off the bat: 1. Mountain Alliance is free, sure some of our extended spring break and week long expeditions cost something but our afternoon climbing, backpacking, caving, hiking and service programs are FREE. 2. We have programmed for 20 years without an accident or injury!

The truth is you probably have more questions than how much does it cost and is it safe so we have included some frequently asked questions below that may help you out. Please feel free to give us a call or send an email if there is something that you don’t see.

Question: What will my child gain from this program?

Answer: This question is answered best by a Mountain Alliance parent who said: “Mountain Alliance has shown our son how actually “doing” something can make a significant difference: to the community, to the environment and to himself. Being a part of a group has given him a place to “belong” and a feeling that his efforts have value.”

Question: How often does Mountain Alliance meet?

Answer: Each semester provides new opportunities for your child to participate in a variety of programs. One thing that is consistent each year is our membership meetings that happen every other Thursday at Watauga High School. These bi-monthly membership meetings serve as the backbone of our inclusive community. It is a time to re-tell stories and share thoughts of lessons learned from past trips. Be sure to check our “Calendar” page for updates.

Question: How do I sign my child up?

Answer: Go to the forms page and print a copy of our membership application and have your child bring it back to the high school. Then take a look at the calendar page and get an idea for what is happening this semester.

Question: What if my child can’t come to every event?

Answer: That is o.k. In a typical year we have over 120 youth involved in the program. It is impossible for every student to participate in every activity. We do encourage members to come to all membership meeting and sign up for as many service and adventure after school and weekend outings as possible.

Question: How can I get involved as a parent?

Answer: There are many opportunities through out the year to help with including: coordinating fundrasiers, participating on outdoor trips, helping with student events and recognition, etc. If you are interested in learning how you can help, or have questions for our Parent Representative, email Tammie Jolly at Tljcentral@aol.com.

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    This 4 week series is all about learning to capture the beauty of our landscape with a camera. Each week builds on the previous as we learn new aspects of outdoor photography, in and around Watauga County. Often we are accompanied by a knowledgeable photographer from the community providing expert advice and teaching. At the end of the series each photographer picks their best shots for display during the Down Town Boone Art Crawl, November 1st  at The Jone's House. Photo by: Chloe Crabtree, WHS senior

    This 7-part series is all about learning to capture the beauty of our landscape with a camera. Each week builds on the previous as we learn new aspects of outdoor photography, in and around Watauga County. Often we are accompanied by a knowledgeable photographer from the community providing expert advice and teaching. At the end of the series each photographer picks their best shots for display during the Down Town Boone Art Crawl at Reid’s Café.

     
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