Adventure Education Class Santa Cruz Is. Expedition Jan. 2007

10 day class trip from Whidbey Island in Puget Sound to Channel Islands Nat'l Park off the southern California coast. This is the culminating activity for this semester program at our middle school. I am keen to enable these types of out of the box experiences by leveraging collaborative technologies like Classroom 2.0 and remote contact with our institution from afar so we can stay away longer and show kids that school is cool.

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Comment by Charles Snelling on November 6, 2007 at 3:06pm
I work with the lead instructor Nels Bergquist for the Adventure Education class. It is a semester class and we go on 3 progressively longer trips each half year. Nels has the kids read a historical novel set in the general area of the destinations ( Ghost Canoe for the Washington coast hike (5 days) Island of the Blue Dolphins for the channel islands trip (10 days by rail, bus and ship). He also has a number of practical preparation activities before and a number of post trip reflection writings after. What we really are trying to do is create a sense of joy and discovery that will make the kids feel that public school is worth caring about. See the kids writing on line at and also my further postings about from my point of view at
Comment by Geeta Saigal on November 6, 2007 at 2:18pm
Could you please let me know if you did any prefield trip activites,post field trip or how did you put this down in your lesson plan.Thanks.
Comment by Geeta Saigal on November 5, 2007 at 12:02pm
Good work! I truly believe that children learn more and remember the things for a longer time when they actually experience it.trips like this can be a great platform for collaborative learning where topics form content subjects can be chosen and children can experience and learn.For ex.I saw students examining a monarch butterfly and tasting some fruits,such great opportunity to impart science lessons.


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