Every winter, Explorer West students spend three consecutive Fridays exploring our winter wilderness. The weather hasn’t stopped us from preparing for our winter trips. This month, 6th grade students have been working hard to build their snowshoes. They use apple branches, rubber tubing, and other resourceful materials. Earlier in January, families joined their students to assist with their handbuilt snowshoes. 7th and 8th grade students have been practicing their cross-country skiing skills with Matt Kostle, our Outdoor Education Leader. Surprisingly, the hall and gym have been great places to practice those skills. 8th graders are excited to try out snowshoe using snowshoes from our gear library, rather than handbuilt shoes. In science class, students have been discussing frostbite, hypothermia, and other important health issues to keep their buddies safe in the snow.
Last Friday, students departed for snow parks along Snoqualmie Pass on the first of their outings. This week, 6th grade students have refined their original designs for this Friday’s trip. We’re excited to see how these trips go! More information about our winter outdoor education program can be found here.