CHESTERTON | The focus was on expanding awareness of the world and taking on personal challenge when fifty-five middle school students from Discovery Charter School travelled to Howell Nature Center in Howell, Michigan.
The students visited a Heifer International Global Village where they were introduced to lifestyles of different cultures around the world. They experienced typical rural homes from Mozambique, Thailand, Peru, and several others, and learned about the specific challenges faced by people living in circumstances different from their own. Later, students practiced their own skills of survival by learning to build fires and construct shelters from materials found in the woods.
The high ropes course was a highlight of the trip, as students experienced both the challenge of crossing obstacles 25 feet above the ground and the responsibility of helping their partner navigate the course while following the high ropes safety procedures. A 500-foot zip-line ride across a pond provided a further challenge.
Pond study, canoeing, orienteering, low ropes obstacles, a dance, a night hike, and a campfire rounded out the activities for the two-night, three-day trip.
The trip to Howell Nature Center was planned by Discovery middle school teachers Veronica Dopka, Shauna Magid, and Holly Welsh, along with team leader Ernesto Martinez and naturalist Sarah Pavlovic.