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Memories of Learning: A Student Reflects on Saint Martin of Tours’ Science Trips

Eighth graders explore the Sol Duc River watershed in Olympic National Park.

By Kristen Stewart, Eighth Grade, Saint Martin of Tours School

Throughout my years in school, nothing has had as much of an impact on me as the class science trips I have taken. Starting in sixth grade, my school, Saint Martin of Tours, organizes one outdoor educational opportunity a year for their students. Each trip lasts four or five days and provides opportunities to bond with classmates and build relationships with the teacher chaperones.

During sixth grade, my class and I went to Marin Headlands and were able to hike around Marin for three days. We explored abandoned batteries from World War One, visited the greenhouse, and walked along Marin’s beautiful beaches as we learned about the unique coastal ecosystem. The following year, we traveled to Yosemite. We played many fun games in the vast forests and even had a snowball fight. When it was too rainy to hike, we performed hands on experiments inside to reinforce the concepts learned.

If we thought that was amazing, we were not prepared for the greatness of Washington. Our last science trip was stunning. In the week we were there, we hiked all around the Olympic National Park, studied and saw salmon as we learned about the watershed, and played many fun team building games. These experiences not only allowed us to grow closer as a group and solidify curriculum concepts, but they also provided amazing memories to last a lifetime.