Morning: Gather in the historic dining hall for breakfast, pack backpacks and prepare for a day in the forest.
Instructional Day: Spend the day in small learning groups led by a professional NatureBridge educator. Students engage in collaborative, authentic scientific learning experiences in a safe and supportive environment. These experiences are designed to support curriculum standards and students’ social and emotional development.
- Conduct a reptile and amphibian study. Observe salamanders, turtles and frogs in their natural habitats.
- Explore a nearby creek and participate in a stream bio-monitoring project while learning about watersheds and water use.
- Investigate the physical processes that affect the landscape and the forest ecosystem. Topics include erosion, weathering, rock types and soil composition.
- Learn about nocturnal animals and astronomy on a night hike.
Afternoon/Early Evening: Return to campus to relax or play in the ball field while school chaperones supervise. A buffet-style dinner in the dining hall gives everyone a chance to share their trail stories.
Evening: NatureBridge educators will facilitate evening programs chosen by the school’s Group Coordinator. Options include an evening hike, nature art, herpetology and a closing campfire (s’mores may be provided by the school). Students then return to the cabins and get ready for bed.