Teens tapped maple trees for sap, lugged logs to build bridges and cooked their own dinner community style. But these weren’t kids from the sticks; they were teens at Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School in East Flatbush, N.Y., spending a week away from the classroom and doing their learning on the road. Part of the school’s mandate is to take students on themed explorations in the real world to make connections between learning and life.
Algebra teacher Sara Garner recently led a group to her hometown of Ithaca, N.Y. where agriculture is an integral part of life. “I took this trip to get out of my comfort zone,” Shaina Williams, 17, told the Ithaca Journal. “All this nature stuff is just not me, but I feel like I needed to branch out.”
Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School student Shaina Williams, 17, attaches a spile to a sugar maple for sap collection in Ithaca, N.Y. (Photo by SIMON WHEELER, Ithaca Journal)