Second grade students went on Adventure to Martin Creek. The activities for the day were biking and hiking. Every student spent half of the day with each activity.
When biking, the students were divided up by experienced and beginners. The experienced bikers rode the dirt path in a loop around the field. They worked on staying to the right and passing on the left. When approaching a rider and preparing to pass, they said “on the left.” The beginning riders stayed in a group and worked on their biking skills. Some kids that came unable to ride without training wheels, left that day riding independently. Many left with more confidence.
During the hike, the students looped down by the bank of the Columbia. Their task was to look at nature and observe details as a Nature Scientist. Mrs. Olson, the CREW Club teacher, stopped the students part way and taught them about Carl Linnaeus. The students learned that Linnaeus was a botanist and an artist. He drew realistic drawings of plants and used them to illustrate his books and articles. After the lesson, the students found a sit spot where they sketched a plant in nature, including the fine details as Linnaeus would.