Students from the BOCES LoGuidice Center enjoyed the great outdoors at a recent field day at Greystone Nature Preserve. Each child experienced four hours of active engagement in nature, which is far more than the weekly average for American children. The students visited a chicken coop, and were able to hold chickens and retrieve eggs. They discovered many unique stones at the Medicine Wheel.
Each child even made a bird feeder to take home, so that he or she could continue to support nature long after the field trip was over. Each child also created a sculpture from driftwood, experiencing firsthand that beauty and nature are very closely intertwined. Students had fun spotting fish and frogs in the pond, taking walks in the fields and woods and even using a two-man saw on an old log.
Cooperation and appreciation were the keynotes for the day, and all students expressed these traits as they engaged in activities according to their abilities and gifts. One student, Anthony Morales, was so impressed by the many nature samples that he arranged them for a display. Each student experienced the great outdoors in his or her own unique way, and all spent the day recognizing how important a role nature plays in our lives.
Closing ceremonies incorporated cooperation and physical stamina. Here four unique classes share their experiences and find common ground while forming a moving spiral.