Miller Hi-Cap students spent 3 days at the Nature Bridge Olympic Campus on the shores of the glacially carved Lake Crescent. Students were taking advantage of a field study opportunity where the old growth forests, creeks, meadows, lakes, and waterfalls of the Olympic Peninsula became their classroom from March 11 - 13.
Why not learn about The Olympic National Park, explore old growth forests in the darkness of night, paddle a traditional style canoe on a crystal clear glacial lake, or take a closer look at the magnificent world around you, while having tons of fun with friends new and old? Students were able to explore different areas of the Olympic National Park while building ideas about the temperate rainforest and its inhabitants.
Students hiked, climbed, slid, paddled, and even "army crawled" ;) through their environment as they learned about it by participating in various hands-on science activities, games, songs, and stories. Our Nature Bridge educators were great to learn with, very knowledgeable, and helped us to get the most out of our field experiences. We measured trees in standard and non-standard units. Then we discussed how the trees help our environment by taking carbon dioxide from the air and emitting oxygen as well as providing habitat.
Students also learned how to be responsible consumers by minimizing waste at meal times and won the coveted ORT Trophy!