Students from the Wadena Composite Outdoor School program recently travelled to the Yukon for a week of exploration and learning. Seventeen grade 10-12 students from both Wadena Composite and Rose Valley School, along with five parent chaperones and two teachers, visited Dawson City, Haines Junction, Kluane National Park, and Eagle Plains over the course of September 13-20.
Each trip through this program has unique curricular connections in areas like Canadian History, Geography, Phys. Ed, Biology, Art; and more, depending on the area. This fall's trip to the Yukon allowed students to engage in activities and learning related to Klondike Gold Rush history, hiking, wildlife management, crossing the arctic circle, and art projects, just to name a few.
The Outdoor School program was started by Darin Faubert, Principal of Wadena Composite High School. This is the 25th year of the program, which has seen students visit all provinces in Canada, most recently to Vancouver Island and Churchill, Manitoba. With this Yukon trip – Mr. Faubert's 50th trip with students – he has now taken students in this program to all Canadian provinces and territories.