This course is designed to enrich the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth of students by utilizing a wide range of content areas (see list) and incorporating the natural resources and opportunities of the Blue Hill Peninsula, Acadia National Park, and the state of Maine into the daily class experience.Through class instruction and content, student journals/portfolios, guest speakers, group projects, field trips, and willingness to be pioneers in this course, students will develop the following areas:
This course is structured around the seasons and semesters of the school year. Each semester is independent of another. Students will have the unique experience of developing the direction of the course and its content. The success of the course will largely be dependent on the hard work, positive attitude, and assumed responsibility and cooperative leadership of the class.
- interpersonal skills, such as leadership, communication, trust building, and group problem-solving and decision-making;
- knowledge of a wide range of related topics;
- confidence and self-esteem by facing new challenges and adversity;
- lifelong skills, such as planning and organizing field experience, orienteering, and first aid/CPR;
- added purpose, relevance, connections, motivation for classroom work;
- reverence for life, nature, and our role as stewards.