Students in the Environmental Science Department have had a great finale to the school year, competing well in the state’s Envirothon competition, in Uxbridge on May 17, and going on a five-day camping trip to Acadia National Park, on Mt. Desert Island in Maine.
Teacher Tabitha Hobbs led a 5-member team to the Envirothon, which included Jacob Jennings, Tom O’Neill, Adam Winsor, Brendan McCormick and Ericalynn Odenweller. The team competed against 36 other schools and scored 6th overall. The competition consisted of practical and written tests in five different categories: soil, forestry, water, wildlife and sustainable storm water management.
Just a day later, Ms. Hobbs and instructor Joe Burroughs led a camping trip to Acadia National Park with all nine seniors from the department. The group camped in tents and participated in a number of exciting outdoor activities, including biking, hiking up Mount Cadillac, going on a natural history boat tour, searching tide pools for marine life, and star gazing near Otter Cove. Luckily, they had fantastic weather for the first four days.
Tom O’Neill said star-gazing was his favorite part of the trip, with the bright cloudless skies, and he was able to identify a lot of summer constellations. Kaitlyn Hillard agreed, saying that she remembered many of the stars from former camping trips.
Jacob Jennings, an Eagle Scout, was a great help throughout the trip, according to Ms. Hobbs. He helped to show his classmates how to clean dishes at a camp site, which is done differently than at home, and how to set up camp. His favorite part of the trip was climbing Mount Cadillac.
“It was great to do it as a group. We’ve been together for four years and it was a big moment for us,” he said.
Ms. Hobbs said that this is the first time her class has gone camping, although they have gone on other school trips before. She said the trip was a great opportunity for “expedition learning,” which allowed the students to work as a team and show leadership skills.
“It was critical for them to all communicate and collaborate, and they did a great job working together,” she said.