~This blog entry is brought to you from the electronic portfolio of CS8 student Lauren Summers. Conserve School electronic portfolios connect student experiences to the school’s learning goals. Anna is from Franksville, Wisconsin where she attends St. Catherine’s High School.~
Conserve School Learning Goal: After successfully completing a Conserve School semester, a student appreciates and experiences the wonder of nature; values fundamental, life-long connections with nature; and expresses those connections in creative ways.
Tuesday Night With the Northern Lights
American writer and poet R.P.T. Coffin once wrote in one of his works:
”Frost is but slender weeks away,
Tonight the sunset glow will stay,
Swing to the north and burn up higher
And Northern Lights wall earth with fire.”
As the early signs of spring begin to appear around campus, this past week I had the chance to view the elusive Northern Lights, although the experience came quite unexpectedly. What started out as a small group going out for a nice late-night sled before study hours, turned into an awestruck gathering on top of the hill staring out into the vast night sky. As I sat there, my ever important thoughts of what would be for lunch the next day, new homework, and the numbness I felt in my fingers and toes soon melted away as the beauty of this natural phenomenon continued. The rays looked as if they were literally dancing across the heavens, gracefully leaping and bounding from the tops of the trees. I was completely entranced, captivated, and astonished. I had seen the Aurora Borealis back home, but never to such grandeur.
Seeing the Northern Lights that night gave me a deeper appreciation and connection with the exquisiteness of the nature surrounding me here in the Northwoods. I have never felt so small, so insignificant in all my life and that it such an amazing sensation. Here I realized that there is so much more than just you. Learning this will definitely help me with my future endeavors, whatever that may be.
~Lauren Summers, Conserve School Semester 8
Conserve School provides a semester-long immersion for high school students in environmental studies and outdoor activities that deepens their love of nature, reinforces their commitment to conservation, and equips them to take meaningful action as environmental stewards. Thanks to the generosity of Conserve School’s friends and its founder James Lowenstine all accepted students receive significant scholarship support.