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Learning from the land

(Photo: Ross Hunter)

In late September, 93 Grade 10 students from Athabasca’s Edwin Parr Composite School spent five days learning in a natural setting while staying at a camp at Long Lake. The “land-based learning experience” blended regular curriculum with a variety of outdoor experiences and cultural encounters.

Student Daylin Richards works on a necklace during a land-based learning trip. (Photo: Art Shea)

Ziplines enabled the students to experience the fundamentals of physics, and  mathematics came into play while students measured tipis and figured out different points on the lake. Throughout the week, the students also worked with two First Nations elders who shared traditions and skills such as tipi building, jewelry making, locating medicinal herbs and smoking moose meat. ❚

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