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Fifth-graders Travel to Glen Helen

Fifth-graders recently spent three days at Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center near Yellow Springs, Ohio, immersing themselves in an outdoor educational program that integrates the classroom with experiential learning. Assistant Head of Doherty Tracy Hickenlooper said students completed an in-depth study of birds at the Raptor Center and delved into environmental problem-solving, learning about how humans impact the earth. “Students also visited three ecosystems — meadow, thicket, forest — where they observed and explored succession and diverse habitats,” Hickenlooper said. “In the evening, students participated in a night hike.”  The field study included cooperative activities where students were presented with a series of challenges, that encouraged cooperative effort, logical thinking in problem-solving, building self-confidence, and team work throughout the trip.