The 5th grade students from Southgate Elementary School got a special treat on Thursday March 29 thanks to the efforts of our Clover Park Rotary. The students were bussed to Camp Thunderbird on the Olympic peninsula for a fun filled day of outdoor education. Funded by a special grant from Clover Park Rotary, the students had an opportunity to learn science in an outdoor setting.
The camp is run by Pacific Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts and hosts outdoor education for schools all across Western Washington. The students participated in such activities as soil studies, plant identification, habitat and species recognition, chemical and pollution awareness programs.
At lunchtime the youth all got to prepare their own outdoor meal cooked over an open fire. It was a great learning experience packed in a day of fun.
A special thanks to the Clover Park Rotary for helping fund this special education opportunity for the youth at Southgate.
Story and photos by Alan Billingsley