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Thousands of TR Students Taking Field Trips

Sierra College Natural History Museum

An overnight science camp at Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola. A fun-filled visit to Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma. And an exciting trip to the Sierra College Planetarium and Natural History Museum.

To date, 5,253 Twin Rivers' third through sixth graders have taken educational field trips connected to what they are learning in the classroom.

"We call them 'Anchor Trips' because they are aligned to the curriculum and standards at each grade level," explains Teresa Rowan, Director of Co-Curricular Activities. "The trips help deepen learning in the classroom. You can read about the California Gold Rush, but being able to go to Coloma and pan for gold is a totally different experience. The educational field trips are important because they help students feel vested in their own education and connected to the school community."

Students can't say enough about the trips. In fact, many have sent "Dear Ms. Rowan" postcards to let her know how they feel.  

"We got to build geodomes," wrote Arabella about the science camp. "We also learned about energy and matter. I liked how we got to work on teamwork and social skills. Overall, I had an amazing time and think this was a good field trip idea."

"Thank you so much ... the experience was one of the best in my life," wrote another student.

"I learned how to see if a body of water was healthy or not," wrote Auston. "I also learned how to do a lot of other stuff, too. I could go on and on." 

The trips come at no cost to students and families. They are funded through Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) supplemental and concentration grants.  

"What's wonderful is that no student is left out," says Rowan. "The educational field trips support the academic mission of our district and provide unique learning experiences. I feel fortunate to be here every day and get to do this for students. It's heartwarming to be able to impact kids on such a broad scale."

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Posted April 2017