5th Grade Experiential Learning Trip to IslandWood

5th Grade Experiential Learning Trip to IslandWood

A few weeks ago, our 5th grade students traveled to IslandWood, an environmental nonprofit focused on educating students to better understand the world around them, explore environmental issues, and learn how to make a positive impact on the planet. Every year, the entire 5th grade travels to IslandWood to build community and to take part in hand-on biology and environmental science. 

The goal of this trip for our students is to provide experiential leadership in conjunction with the 5th grade curriculum. Additionally, the time at IslandWood provides an invaluable opportunity to explore new friendships and deepen class unity. 

Students started this trip by taking the ferry to Bainbridge Island and spent the afternoon hiking IslandWood's gorgeous trails. They also had the chance to meet Douglas, the tree from their class read aloud. 

Highlights of the second day included exploring IslandWood's Garden and Blakely Harbor. They also climbed the canopy tower and took in the breathtaking views of the island. 

On the final day, the fifth grade visited the tree houses at IslandWood, explored the grounds, and hiked. They also did a lab on Macro Invertebrates at the pond investigating these tiny creatures. They rounded out their trip with a community campfire, a pasta dinner, and IslandWood's famous brownies for dessert. Students felt accomplished after all the activities of this trip!