Marching to a Different Drummer
In the world of sports, March Madness signifies the march to the final four and collegiate basketball glory. Wood Acres March Madness is the march off campus for annual experiential overnight field trips involving planes, trains, boats and buses as our 4th through 8th graders embark on true field trip adventures that create once-in-a-lifetime memories for students, proving that what they study and the “real” world are truly one and the same!
Fourth graders’ destination is the sand, surf, flora, and fauna of Jekyll Island Environmental Center for three days and two nights of looking at the ocean and its living creatures in a whole new way. Fifth graders head to Tennessee and Camp Widjiwagan Outdoor Center for three days and two nights of hands-on learning about the environment and themselves. Sixth graders traveled earlier this year to the Marine Lab in Key Largo, Florida to further their ecological studies of the ocean and enjoyed snorkeling during this wondrous adventure. Seventh graders look at Washington, DC through the eyes of the Triumvirate of Democracy, as they experience first hand the three branches of government- executive, judicial, and legislative. It is a trip that is all about “We the People”! Eighth graders celebrate their impending graduation with a capstone trip to Spain to experience how much they have learned in speaking another language and immerse themselves in the culture. Students live with host families, study at a renowned university and visit world heritage sites on their day trips during this two week sojourn there.
March YES! By plane, boat, train, and bus we take students to the learning. With pre-trip study and superb planning, we take students to new heights of metacognition- knowing that they know what they know- on each and every trip. Through passion for experiential learning with a faculty that generously gives of their time and talents on these adventures, Wood Acres students experience a one-of-a-kind education that is consistently “out of the box” and firmly tucked away in their minds and hearts.