The eighth grade students had a fun and successful spring trip last week, their final Outdoor Education experience with Westside School! Each student did a great job of helping to make the trip happen – starting with the planning process at school, and culminating with cooking meals, setting up camp and engaging in activities and discussions throughout the week.
The group’s destinations included the Hummocks Loop Trail, where students saw firsthand the recovery of the Toutle River valley since the 1980 eruption, and enjoyed beautiful views of Mt. St. Helens. The group then headed to the south side of the mountain, and found their way to the next campsite – a bit of National Forest near Marble Mountain Sno-Park. After camp was established, students spent a fun afternoon exploring the forest and playing group games. That evening students enjoyed a dinner of hot dogs cooked over the campfire.
Next the group headed to the Ape Caves, which turned out to be one of the great highlights of the adventure. A ranger led them through the caves, sharing interesting stories and facts about the history, geology, and ecology of the caves.
The graduating Class of 2016 ended the week with activites, games and great moments they’ll never forget!