On the second week of the school year, Courtney Gomola, outdoor education coordinator at Plumas Charter School, invited Taylorsville teacher Lauren McIntyre and Quincy teacher Cindy Thackeray to pack up their fifth- and sixth-graders for an educational camping trip in Lassen Volcanic National Park.
The students, teachers, and chaperones spent part of the week at Volcano Adventure Camp, reported public relations specialist Rachel Goings, where they enjoyed hiking, outdoor education activities, and ranger-led talks at the scenic national park.
The adventurers traveled along Nobles Emigrant Trail and acted out different scenarios pioneers may have encountered on their journey. “The campers discovered the different types of volcanoes and made models of those found in the park,” said Gomola. The students also used compasses to navigate an orienteering course and learned about bats one evening around the campfire as the winged mammals flew overhead. For more information about Volcano Adventure Camp, visit https://www.nps.gov/lavo/planyourvisit/vac.htm.
Plumas Charter School is dedicated to encouraging the development of compassionate, resilient, lifelong learners through outdoor education, said Goings. From walking field trips for elementary students to overnight adventure trips for junior high and high school students, PCS offers many opportunities throughout the year for students to learn about and enjoy the beauty surrounding Plumas County. For more information, visit http://www.plumascharterschool.org.
Information submitted by Plumas Charter School