In November, Cox Academy 5th grade students had the chance to go camping! For many of the students it was their first time being away from home and family, spending time with their peers outside of school, and sleeping under the stars! Vida Verde is an outdoor overnight educational experience. Noted in their mission statement “for a young person who has never before walked in the majestic Redwoods, spent time getting to know the birds in their neighborhood, or doesn’t have access to nature spaces to discover their strength and drive.” Cox Student Support Counselor Shelby Carroll chaperoned the trip and later shared that both her and the students where challenged mentally and physically, but overall had an amazing time. The students experienced milking goats, chasing chickens and hiking through the Redwood Forest. They also visited the ocean and played ‘wave pool tag’, and saw banana slugs the eco system up close. Banana slugs are a part of the Vida Verde camp culture and have a song dedicated to banana slugs. Roasting marshmallows by the campfire and participating in night hikes, the students had many ‘first time’ experiences. A highlight is Vida Verde is FREE! Geared for grades 4th-6th, students will get to sleep in teepees, help make their own food and be immersed in nature for three days and two nights.
Blog Post Written By: Devina Brooks, Director of School Partnerships
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