Olympic National Park

Fifth grade explores the Olympic Peninsula

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Last week the fifth grade students braved the wilds of the Olympic Peninsula on a coastal adventure. Students set up base camp at a beautiful recreation area near Port Angeles and groups took turns backpacking for one night in Olympic National Park. They explored tide pools, the Elwha River, and several coastal ecosystems. Students saw deer, bald eagles, seals, and salamanders.

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They smelled skunk cabbage and tasted salal leaves, touched whale bones and witnessed the effects of dam removal. Students reflected nightly in their journals where they also completed mind and event maps, collaborative poems, and letters of gratitude and appreciation.

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Upon returning to the classroom, they were ready to share stories and discover how each person experienced the trip in their own distinct way.

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Everyone is so happy to be home, showered and dry, but it was a wonderful experience camping on the beautiful coast!

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Third grade spends time in Nature’s Classroom

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Our third grade students enjoyed a spectacular trip to Nature Bridge at Olympic this past week, and came back with amazing stories, memories and photos!

Nature Bridge environmental science programs in Olympic National Park offer students an opportunity to learn hands-on science in an International Biosphere Reserve. Located on the shore of a glacially carved Lake Crescent, our students spent several days (albeit in less than ideal weather!) hiking Marymere Falls, collecting insects, fungi and lichen, canoeing on Lake Crescent, singing songs around the campfire with a Native American Storyteller, and learning about old growth forests and the impacts of Olympic National Park – just to name a few adventures!

Third grade teachers Jana and Signe commented the students were exceptionally positive, supportive of one another, and rallied even when the weather did not cooperate. Great job campers!