6th Grade Visits NatureBridge (Trip to the Olympic Peninsula)
The 6th Grade goes on the NatureBridge trip to the Olympic Peninsula. Located on the shore of glacially carved Lake Crescent, students can investigate old growth forest, wilderness coasts, and alpine peaks. This experience is centered around inquiry-based learning, which means students are motivated by their own curiosity, students monitor the dynamic Elwha River system, collect and identify macro invertebrates of local mammals in our skins and skull lab. NatureBridge builds environmental literacy (or environmental know how), connects young people to the natural world, and meaningfully transfers what they learn on the trail in our national parks to their daily live at home, at school, and in their communities. Ancient forests, alpine terrain, coastal marine habitats, and the largest river restoration in U.S. history make Olympic National Park a quintessential living laboratory.
Our students conducted rock studies, crawled through an empty log, hiked up to Marymere Falls and Mt. Storm King. They canoed in the afternoon, did skits and sang by the campfire in the evening, and even enjoyed a Latin SALSA dance lesson by one of the great NatureBridge educators. Special thanks to our chaperones: Señora Lugo, Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Black, Mrs. Siemion, and Mr. Juszynski.
This trip is traditionally scheduled the first week of May.