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MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMICS: SCIENCE CASE STUDY

7th Grade Geology Field Study

In September, the 7th grade travels to Eastern Washington for a three-day partnership between our Science and Advisory programs.

Students apply the field inquiry process learned at NatureBridge (5th grade) and North Cascades Institute (6th grade) to their Geology curriculum.

Throughout the three-day field study, 7th graders practice skills needed for navigating the sometimes rocky terrain of academics and social life in Middle School:

  • self-care and management
  • communication and support
  • persistence and problem solving

Upon arrival in Vantage, students team up with the experts from the Seattle Metrocenter YMCA Outdoor Leadership Development programs to camp and learn beginning rock climbing. This collaborative, often challenging activity provides abundant opportunities for stretching individual comfort zones as well as requiring a high level of communication and trust among group members.

Our Overnight Programs

Focus on Experiential Learning
Challenging students to observe, inquire, apply knowledge, make connections and extend learning beyond classroom walls.

Encourage Community Development
Shared experiences away from regular school life help build and strengthen interpersonal relationships within our community through joint exploration, problem solving, courage, trust, and interdependence.

Promote Self awareness, Compassion and Integrity
Encourage students to reach beyond their comfort zones and build awareness of the effects of our actions in order to become culturally competent people of integrity and compassionate stewards of the natural world.

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