Students are made aware of the diversity of plant and animal species found in our forest as they explore the strength of this ecosystem.
Students explore the aquatic community with the tools of scientists in our 'outdoor laboratory,' collecting organisms for observation with a focus on food chains and adaptations.
The Conservation block focuses on using our natural resources wisely. Students develop a sense of personal connection to, responsibility for, and appreciation of the natural environment as they become more aware of the role humans play. This class often includes hands-on projects.
Students will participate in a team building experience by canoeing with a partner that they might not personally know.
Paired with the aquatic studies class, students are taught skills to go fishing. Aside from the recreational value of fishing, it also provides an excellent opportunity to practice 'science.' Students are able to observe fish up close and study their adaptations.
With each class containing a mixture of students from the two to four schools, initiative games offer a valuable opportunity to get to know peers while focusing on cooperation and team building. These games help students develop skills in problem solving communication and leadership.
The emphasis at the OEC farm is to demonstrate how people have used plants, animals and other resources in the past and present. Students will visit our pioneer log cabin, animal barn and garden. They will also have an opportunity to go horseback riding.
Students are taught basic navigation skills using a simple compass on a fixed course.