Independent College Preparatory

Grades 6 -12

Exciting Summer Adventure for OLP Students

A group of nine Outdoor Leadership Program Camping Associates (CAs) and soon-to-be Camping Associates took a two-week trip through seven states earlier this summer. From Arizona to Wyoming, the group took day hikes in Owl Creek in southern Utah, the Tetons in Wyoming, and Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado to name a few. The group made camp every night in some of the most spectacular areas of the Southwest, from deserts to high mountains that provided some of the most magnificent views anyone could ever want. They also took in the sites of Little Big Horn and paid their respects to all of those who fought and died in that battle along with all the veterans who have chosen to be interned on this site. They visited the Hubbell Trading Post in Arizona, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore, and explored Jewel Cave using oil lanterns. Fourth of July found them in Custer, South Dakota as they joined the local community to watch the fireworks. As for wildlife, a mother bear and her two cubs visited the groups campsite in Rocky Mountain National Park, and they also saw moose, grizzly bear cubs, bison, mountain goats, elk, deer, pronghorn, small mammals of every kind, along with beautiful birds, and let us not forget the ubiquitous mosquitoes and gnats.

SPS Teacher on Research Ship in Alaska

Our very own science teacher, Ms. Helen Haskell will be aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ship Fairweather as part of her NOAA Teacher at Sea experience. During the month of June, Ms. Haskell will help conduct a hydrographic survey in Southeast Alaska by using SONAR to examine the ocean floor.

Studying the ocean floor is a way to learn more about plate tectonics, natural disasters, and coastline changes. Ms. Haskell is excited to bring her studies and experience back to Prep students in the fall. Follow her travels on her blog at here.

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