Sixth grade students braved the rain and wind during their outdoor education experience at Walker Creek Ranch last week. Students from both campuses hiked to various locations, from pond habitats to creeks to lush bay/oak forests. In the evenings, students participated in night hikes and the famous “barn boogie.” The sixth graders also participated in a solo hike, where they learned to find their way on their own using information cards that provide clues.
The curriculum of this experiential education program focused on earth and life sciences: using Walker Creek Ranch and its surrounding area as the backdrop, students studied natural communities and how they survive on the different resources available. These subjects lead into the important areas of adaptation and evolution, which are central themes of middle school science. Walker Creek’s location near Point Reyes allowed students to view the San Andreas fault line during their all-day hike to Walker Peak. It was an engaging—albeit, wet!— week for our students, with many hands-on examples of science all around them. MORE PHOTOS