On Friday, August 16th, it was the privilege of the staff of Conserve School to welcome 61 new students as they began their 17 week journey at Conserve School. These adventurous high school sophomores and juniors have elected to spend one semester of their high school career living and learning in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. While at Conserve School the students will take courses that use environmental stewardship and outdoor activities as integrating concepts as well as partake in a variety of adventures including solo camping, canoeing, hiking, biking and a week-long exploration trip. While at Conserve they will learn how attending a semester school can make a world of difference.
The students traveled to Conserve School from Arizona, California, Colorado, Washington D.C., Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
Upon arriving students and their families visited orientation stations where they did a number of things including confirming their academic schedules, having their pictures taken, checking in at the health center, and moving into their rooms. By 5 o’clock the families had left and the process of getting to know each other began in earnest. The first community meal was a picnic at the Lowenstine Estate on the shore of Black Oak Lake. Later the students and staff gathered to review Conserve School’s core values and discuss what it means to live as a group in community. The evening was completed with a moving candlelight ceremony on the shore of Little Donahue Lake.
I have enjoyed meeting these wonderful students and I look forward to getting to know them better over the coming semester. I hope you enjoy these photos from move-in day.
Head of School