One of the hallmarks of the Conserve School experience is experiential learning. This week students in Jeff Rennicke’s English classes and Michael Salat’s history classes made the Sylvania Wilderness their classroom. Their teachers had them experiencing some of what the Lewis and Clark expedition might have experienced as the class navigated five lakes and built their portaging skills. Along the way they took time for readings and discussions about the challenges and successes the Lewis and Clark expedition faced when portaging around the Great Falls of the Missouri River. They also read excerpts from Jon Krakauer’s classic book Into the Wild. You can read more about this at Jeff Rennicke’s teacher website.
Students traveled in small groups and used the paddling and portaging skills that they had learned in their Conserve School Field Instruction class.
It is our pleasure to share these photographs of the trip.
Head of Conserve School
Conserve School is a semester school that 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.