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Project Learning Week: Trip To New Hampshire Woods
Posted 01/29/2015 02:01PM


There's a stillness in the back country at this time of year. Blanketed in snow, the landscape offers an invigorating and challenging experience.

Eight students accompanied two faculty members for a four-day hiking and camping trip in Cardigan Mountain, N.H., last week as part of the Middle School's Project Learning Week. The option was among more than 20 activities that gave students a chance to work in small mixed-age groups with their teachers, and to take part in learning activities that require creativity, problem-solving, and teamwork.
 
Led by Marshall Nicoloff, the outdoor educator, and Peter Haley, the director of coaching, the group learned the technical skills required for winter camping and hiking. They planned and prepared their own meals, organized their backpacks with clothing layers to manage temperature changes, navigated trails using crampons, and took in some beautiful vistas along the way. "There were definitely a few really icy places," Nicoloff said. "They had to work hard and well together to make sure that they didn't take a fall."

Through it all, they developed an appreciation of nature in winter, and formed strong bonds with their group. They learned that nothing tastes better than a warm meal that you've cooked yourself after a wintry day in the woods.

 



 

 

 

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