We welcomed back our middle school students back from Kanuga Friday evening! Our students participated in the Mountain Trail Outdoor School located on 1,400 wooded acres outside of Hendersonville, North Carolina. The program, led by guides with extensive experience in outdoor education, encourages students to experience positive community, grow physically and mentally, improve self-confidence and increase their awareness and stewardship of the natural environment. Hiking, canoeing, orienteering, rafting, and a high ropes course are a few of the activities our students have enjoyed this week. Research conducted by the National Science Teachers Association and the National Research Council have shown that fields trip can “deepen and enhance” classroom study. Exposing students to new experiences, like those at Kanuga, increase interest and engagement in science long after the trip is over.