Wardlaw-Hartridge School Students Explore Nature at Thoreau Outing

Wardlaw-Hartridge students paddle their way across the river in a canoe.

Wardlaw-Hartridge students paddle their way across the river in a canoe. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

EDISON — For the 10th consecutive year, the junior class at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison explored nature and history in a trip back through time in the Thoreau Outing. This annual event, coordinated by Dr. David Berry, Upper School English Department Chair, took place on Oct. 9 on the Millstone River in Griggstown.

The Thoreau Outing is an interdisciplinary trip that students take to the historical Delaware and Raritan River Canal in Griggstown to try to recapture some of the intellectual freedom, awe for nature and introspection that Thoreau presents in his uniquely American masterpiece, Walden.

One of the highlights of the trip is the students paddling in canoes in groups of two or three. According to Dr. Berry, all of the students remained dry this year.

“The canoe trip provided a very memorable experience because it allowed the whole junior class to bond with each other in nature,” Briana Crawley of Plainfield said.

“The canoe trip was a chance for all the kids who have never been canoeing to finally have a chance,” Jack Schildge of Westfield added.

The trip was chaperoned by Dr. Berry, Jim Howard (Upper School Mathematics Chair), Jo O’Connell (Upper School Math Teacher), Ryan Oliveira (Assistant Athletic Director) and Israel Diaz (Athletic Trainer).

“It was an amazing experience and we really learned the importance of teamwork,” Nikki Mugambi of Plainfield said.

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