by Tom Ekman, J.D., M. ED, Science-Stewardship-Service Teacher
On 24th October 2017, Sierra School of Todos Santos (BCS) students and 4 teachers travelled to the Los Naranjos Center in the Sierra de la Laguna for 3 days and 2 nights of team-building, service work, nature exploration, and guided sessions in English writing and field botany. The big excursion of the trip was a 3 kilometer hike up a wide arroyo with cool water flowing over smooth granite and sand. We found a natural water slide leading to a big cascade into a deep pool. Farther upriver, we found a cliff that cast a large shadow over a sandy beach, and we rested for lunch.
Several students ate lunch in the creek! Back in camp, the students all put in hours of action service, repairing the road from Hurricane Lidia damage.
All the students were involved in the cooking of everything. The students also used their observation skills complemented by research in field guides to identify local plants, which they will use to create SUSTAIN-EXPLAIN informative posters on local botany. The trip proved to be a great balance of nature, exploration and learning – another successful Sierra School outdoor adventure! The Sierra School teachers and students would like to express tremendous gratitude to Giorgio and Veronica of Los Naranjos for warmly hosting our visit and service expedition to their beautiful, remote Rancho! Mil Gracias y hasta pronto!
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