Field Trip of the Elementary School
The weather was perfect for hiking on October 16th, as we headed north to Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, MD, in a caravan of five school buses.
As is often the case when going out into nature, the children grew very excited as soon as we entered the wooded park. Once there, we enjoyed a second breakfast to get us ready for our hike around Clopper Lake.
We divided our groups according to different grade levels, to hike along paths of differing lengths around the lake. Falling leaves, mild temperatures, lovely water views, fallen trees to balance on, beautiful fall colors, and the opportunity to chat with old friends and meet new ones all made for a relaxed atmosphere while hiking.
Upon arriving at the other side of the lake, we met up with the SEL. Children and adults alike enjoyed time in the wide open terrain, on the large and interesting playground, on the fields to play ball or have a picnic, and on several trees perfect for climbing. Some children explored the nearby lakeshore.
In the end, children and adults made plans to return to the beautiful park soon. A big thank you to all the helpers and hiking chaperons for a very nice trip!
Ute Aminzadeh, classroom teacher 2b