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Ware explores Bay watershed

From left are Ware Academy students Casey Moss, Thomas McMurtrie, Ethan Gardiner, Alex Milligan, Morgan Owens, Sophie Kissman, Denison Glovier, Colton Bonniville and Samuel Strawn.

Ware Academy students complete an in-depth study of the Chesapeake Bay during their eighth grade year. As a culminating activity, students participate in a week-long journey through the Bay’s watershed. The trip takes the class to the northernmost reaches of the watershed to the headwaters of the Susquehanna River.

This experiential learning and team-building excursion began for students upon arrival in Pennsylvania, where they collected water samples and spent the night. The following day, students worked collaboratively on a 28-mile whitewater rafting adventure down the Owassee Rapids. 

Traveling to Asaph, students worked with scientists from the United States Geological Survey Laboratory to determine stream health and also took part in other research projects which focused on the Chesapeake Bay and its health. Additionally, the eighth-graders explored historical and modern aspects of forestry conservation. They were tasked with brainstorming ways to preserve and ensure the future health of the forest. 

Students observed the flora and fauna on their scenic 18-mile bike ride, where they visited a beautiful waterfall and completed their excursion with a swim in the crisp, cool waters of Pine Creek.

The last two days of the trip were spent exploring Corning Museum of Glass and Gettysburg National Historic Park. At Corning, students investigated the usefulness of glass in the modernization of the world and enjoyed its beauty as they toured the contemporary glass gallery.  As the final trip destination, students spent time on the grounds of Gettysburg National Historic Park, visiting the museum and battlefields.

“Ware Academy students gain an abundance of knowledge about the Chesapeake Bay watershed through the applied learning experiences during this trip,” said Dawn Fleet, academic dean and interim head of school for the 2019-20 school year. “As a result, students develop a better appreciation for the outdoors and the need to preserve it. The bonds of friendship formed during this week are priceless.”

posted 06.12.2019

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