Posted by: Leanna | February 6, 2013

Not Your Average Gym Class: Welcome to Field Instruction!

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Students got a running start (literally) during Field Instruction this week!

Field Instruction is the physical education credit of the Conserve School curriculum, but it is far from your average gym class.  Students will have the opportunity to learn outdoor skills that range from cross country skiing to the whole gamut of back-country camping skills.  Field Instruction teaches students the skills that they will need for Exploration Week at the end of the semester, as well as life-long skills that they can use to enjoy the outdoors after they leave Conserve.  The Field Instructors who teach the course are University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate students earning their degrees in Natural Resources with emphasis in Residential Environmental Education.

Class began with a meeting in the Lowenstine Recreation Center, the usual classroom space for Field Instruction.  This semester’s Field Instructors, Mandy Lundmark, Jaime Bunting, Dylan Fernandez, and Maria Kopecky, started out by taking the students through the nuts and bolts of the class.  After going over class expectations and the course syllabus, students took to the hill for some sledding.  With an air temperature that felt like 7⁰F and the snow flying, it was the perfect Northwoods afternoon to be outside.

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