~This blog entry is brought to you from the electronic portfolio of CS8 student Andrew Wokosin. Conserve School electronic portfolios connect student experiences to the school’s learning goals. Andrew is from Skokie, Illinois where he is homeschooled.~
Conserve School Learning Goal: After successfully completing a Conserve School semester, a student has come to know Lowenwood, has developed gratitude for this gift from James R. Lowenstine, and, through their deepening love of this place, has become inspired to be a caretaker of the natural world.
Jerk jerk, drag jerk jerk tug swoosh splash! I set the hook. The fish was on, and my drag started pulling out almost immediately. After about 30 seconds, I pulled up on my rod and saw the fish roll over lazily. It gave one more splashing flail, pulling out a few more feet of line, then, I had it. I had landed my first Northern Pike ever, a 28 inch fish. Then came the hard part, getting the hook out of its mouth. Northern Pike have a lot of very sharp teeth, so getting the hook out presented a real challenge. I first tried to see if it could be pushed out but realized that the lure was too deep in its mouth to reach without being eaten. I was about to try pushing the lure out with a stick when the pike snapped its mouth shut cutting the line. The fish then flopped into the water and swam away, back into the murky lake. On our walk back I was thinking over the perfect after dinner fishing adventure time I had. At one point in my walk I realized that I am really getting to know the campus of Conserve School and developing a really strong connection, not just to the other students, but also the land, and the gift Jim Lowenstine gave all of us.
~Andrew Wokosin, Conserve School Semester 8
A few photos from Andrew’s time at Conserve School
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.