Although classroom discussion opens eyes and ears, going to the site of an event, or simply leaving our known environment, stirs passions and deepens understanding.
Each year the students participate in a variety of day-long and overnight field trips such as:
- The Odyssey Trip – Set in one of several sites designed for outdoor education, this trip occurs at the beginning of every school year and involves three days of planned activities designed to consider the nature of community and the place of the individual within that community.
- United Nations Trip – In alternate years, students travel to New York City to observe the United Nations in session and tour Ellis Island.
- Global Perspectives Trip – In alternate years, students travel to Acton, Massachusetts to spend several days at Heifer International’s Overlook Farm. During this trip, students and teachers engage in the volunteer work necessary to maintain the working farm as they learn about sustainable development, world hunger and Heifer’s projects around the world. They also participate in the Global Village experience, spending one night in one of several authentic style houses typical of cultures from around the world.
- National Heritage Trip – In alternate years, students visit Washington, D.C. in order to enhance their studies of our government. Students plan many aspects of this approximately one-week trip, including schedules and sites to visit. These trips are intended to build the adolescents’ independence, self-confidence and self-reliance, as well as to strengthen teamwork, cooperation, leadership and compassion within the group.
- Marine Ecology Trip – In alternate years, students venture to the ocean, most recently to New Hampshire’s Seacoast region, to study the rich intertidal environment. During the trip, extensive field work is coupled with work in the lab under the direction of researchers and educators. Students have the opportunity to consider many issues of environmental importance through their experiences, while also appreciating the local cultural and economic life of the area.
- Day Trips – The academic curriculum is enhanced by occasional trips to take advantage of exhibits and presentations directly relating to the current work of the classroom in our local area. Alternate years include trips to Seneca Falls, the Seward and Tubman homes in Auburn, Steamtown and the Lackawanna Coal Mine, various science-related trips, such as the Floating Classroom, stream studies on Fall Creek, visits to the Mundy Wildflower Garden, among others.
- Second Year Cultural Immersion Trip – As a culminating experience for students and in keeping with the broadest of our Adolescent Program goals, second-year students travel to Costa Rica to engage in cultural immersion, learning and community service.