Wardlaw-Hartridge Sixth Graders Explore Nature On Frost Valley Trip

Sixth grade students from The Wardlaw-Hartridge School enjoy a hike in the woods during their trip to Frost Valley.

Sixth grade students from The Wardlaw-Hartridge School enjoy a hike in the woods during their trip to Frost Valley. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

EDISON — Forty students and four chaperones from The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison attended the annual sixth grade trip to Frost Valley in Claryville, NY from Sept. 24-27.

The students participated in bonding and team building activities on four beautiful days in the Catskills. They hiked and crossed cable bridges and learned to support each other on the low ropes course. In the evening they gazed at the clear sky filled with stars and learned about the constellations of Cassiopeia, her daughter Andromeda and the hero Perseus. The students also went into the observatory to view the very distant Hercules Galaxy.

Other activities included apple picking for pressing their own apple cider. The students also used seine nets to find great diversity in the pond at the camp. They learned how to use compasses and maps to find their way during orienteering exercises.

“I learned many new things and found myself closer to nature,” Robert Brandl of Fanwood said.

On the third and fourth days, the students learned how to make shelters and start a fire to survive in the great outdoors. They also had one more lesson in team building as we used ropes, pulleys and harnesses to hoist each other into the tree canopy in the Flying Fish and Flying Squirrel activities.

“It was exhilarating,” Sidney Johnson of Piscataway said.

Finally, the sixth graders embarked on a four-hour hike. On the way they saw four-leaf-clovers, fungi, waterfalls and played Camouflage. They learned how the compost from the dining hall gets recycled into soil at the Resource Management Center. They completed their adventure eating s’mores around a super campfire on the final night of the trip.

“I wish we could have stayed longer,” Logan Hill of Dayton said.

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