The Intermediate Pod had a great week exploring the vast outdoors at IslandWood. We left for Bainbridge Island on Monday and returned Thursday with stories to share and a multitude of lifetime memories.
When we arrived at IslandWood, our instructors were there to greet us and orientate us to our home for the week. Then we broke out into our separate groups as Wind and Bog to do some team building activities.
During our first full day at IslandWood, both teams got to go to the garden to taste and harvest fresh fruits and vegetables. Team Bog made spring rolls while Team Wind made strawberry salsa. Yummy!
Team Bog went to Mac’s Pond to do a water investigation while Team Wind gathered three different types of soil (compost, forest, and garden soil) and had a closer look under microscopes in the learning lab. Both groups were investigating the relationship between location and the number of types of macroinvertebrates. We came to the conclusions that there are the most “bugs” in compost soil and around lily pads.
On our second full day at IslandWood, both groups took the 2-mile hike down to Blakely Harbor. While we were down there we searched for crabs, created “crabitats”, discussed abiotic and biotic components, learned about the history of the harbor, observed the movement of the tide, and enjoyed the sun!
Along the way to the harbor, Team Bog engaged in an activity called “Each 1, Teach 1.” Each student was given a card with information about a plant that could be found along the trail. As their peers came to them one at a time, they taught them about their plant.
Team Wind had a chance to be true risk-takers and challenge their fear of heights at the Suspension Bridge and the Canopy Tower. Many of us pushed our comfort zones into the challenge zone! We supported each other and had a beautiful view of the forest canopy and Mt Rainier from the top of the Canopy Tower.
And finally, IslandWood wouldn’t be IslandWood without smiles all around!