After a very quiet night in the woods, we greeted the sun—sleepy-eyed but miraculously on time—with a 7 a.m. French toast and sundries breakfast in the cafeteria. After a pit-stop back at the cabin to gather our gear, we headed to the beach to learn about river ecology. We learned about the water cycle and the Lake Crescent watershed, and the communication of pollution in bodies of water.
Then, after dividing our lunch supplies among the students, we practiced water safety, and all seventeen of us piled into a beautiful Klallam Tribe-style canoe. Out into Lake Crescent we rowed, stopping at various points where students could operate echo depth sounders in the water to measure the underwater topography.
Our science experiments complete, we set a course for the far side of the lake. There, on a former train track overlooking the lake, we ate sandwiches and swapped stories about the lake. When everyone was full, we headed down the tracks (now an awesome bike path) for a guided inquiry into the local geology as well as flora and fauna. Once again, we were visited by a local duck family, and once again, we disappointed them with our “leave-no-trace” discipline.
After dinner this evening, we joined Meg (our educator) to hear a Klallam folk tale and to reflect upon the role of stories in building our sense of belonging to a community. Students then applied their considerable (like wow) theatrical talents to writing and producing their own skits incorporating themes from local ecology.
We are approaching lights out now, and I can hear the excited conversations from the other rooms slowly petering out as the students realize how tired they are.
We can’t wait to find out what new adventures tomorrow will bring!