Shady Creek

Shady Creek
Outdoor School
April 16, 2018 - April 20, 2018

Since the 1950s, fifth & sixth grade students have had the opportunity to study natural sciences as well as creative writing, art, and social sciences during a week-long field trip to the Outdoor School. 
The Shady Creek facility provides comfortable and safe housing for student use.  The natural environment around Shady Creek is rich and diverse.  Students have the opportunity to study in a forest, visit bird blinds to watch wildlife undetected, investigate aquatic life at the creek, meet Shady Creek's resident injured hawks and owls, explore many beautiful scenic area, look at plant and animal life, study the stars, and many other subjects.  The natural environment of Shady Creek Outdoor School provides a different kind of classroom.  Students learn not only from instruction, but also through direct experience and observation.  Conservation, ecology, environmental relationships, and natural sciences enables students to not only study the natural world, but also experience that world and hopefully feel their own presence within this "web of life".
Each student will take part in a unit on outdoor safety and wilderness survival in addition to their science classes.  We hope to teach all students how to be wise and safe as they enjoy natural areas in the future. 
Shady Creek is not all class work!  Following daily classes, a great variety of recreational programs are offered including swimming, field sports, hiking, arts and crafts, and many special Shady Creek games such as
"Black Bart Ball".
Beyond the academic learning, a week at Shady Creek away from home in a new environment provides a unique opportunity for students to learn about themselves and human relationships.  As the students live and work together, guided by their teachers and counselors, they are responsible for their behavior, making friends, helping to keep their cabin neat and clean, making their beds, setting tables, and other chores.  These daily chores and challenges have proven to be a valuable, educational experience for attending pupils.  Year after year, our evaluations from pupils and teachers indicate their trip to Shady Creek ais one of the high points of their entire school experience.

Shady Creek