Field Trip Season Ends, Camp Season Begins

June celebrated the finish to another successful field trip season at the Cathance River Nature Preserve! This spring, CREA field trips engaged over 600 kids from 32 local classrooms in nearly 2,500 student hours of direct nature experiences. Enthusiastic students and teachers searched for salamanders, collected soil samples, measured water temperature, and hiked to the Cathance River. Some lucky second graders got a surprise look at a muskrat that swam past the dock, and all students got to marvel at the incredibly loud chorus of green frogs at the pond.

This chance to explore and learn together outdoors is such an important and unique experience for school students. Here’s what local teachers are saying about these field trips:

“My students were so excited about being in nature and engaging with nature (salamander eggs, frogs). It was nice to see some kids be so successful in this environment where at school they might not be as engaged.

“I observed a child who rarely shows a spark for learning act as a leader on this trip!”

“Students walked away inspired and brainstorming ways to go outdoors around their house!”

“We had a wheelchair user in our class, and the field trip was excellently catered to meet the needs of this student and my whole class, without excluding any experiences. All students were engaged, excited, able to participate in meaningful discoveries, and have been excitedly sharing their experiences since we got back. All of my students were able to deeply connect with the program and experience meaningful learning.”

“It’s always really fun for me to see my kids in an environment completely opposite of the classroom and faced with challenges (snail hands, pond muck, bugs!) that I can’t give them within the school setting. It gives me insight to them as learners that I wouldn’t otherwise get.”

June also marks the beginning of CREA Camp, which is off to a bright and sunny start this summer. Campers have been engaging in several types of activities, including a visit from a Cultural Knowledge Keeper, Bri Lolar, where they learned to make survival shelters. They’ve also been enjoying their time in the water getting to fish, cool down, and will soon race their boats. Our fantastic summer camp staff have been bringing the fun and energy to this wonderful time spent with local youth. We can’t wait to see what the campers get into in the summery weeks ahead!