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Combined 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Grade Field Studies

Chesapeake Bay Overnight Field Study
Backpacking on the Appalachian Trail
Planting Bay Grasses

Chesapeake Bay Island Overnight Field Study

Global students have the option of participating in an extended trip to either Smith Island or Port Isobel Island in conjunction with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF). Students have an opportunity to learn about the unique ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay and our relationship to it.  Activities include such things as canoeing, crabbing, beach combing, bird watching and journaling.  Students come away with an increased appreciation for this world class estuary, its importance as a natural resource and the challenges that face it.

 
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Backpacking on the Appalachian Trail

Global students can participate in an 2 day, one night backpacking trip along the Appalachian Trail as it winds its way through the Virginia countryside.  They spend the night at Blackburn Cabin as guests of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. Students learn about the history of the Appalachian Trail and become familar with its vital role as a wildlife corridor for much of the East Coast and a recreational delight  for thousands of hikers and backpackers each year.  Local land use issues are explored from the ridge as well as the natural history of the flora and fauna along the trail.  Backpacking and hiking skills are taught along with  "Leave No Trace" principles, which are reinforced throughout the two days.  Often times we have a chance to exchange stories with "through-hikers"  who are passing through on their way north to Mt. Kautodin in Maine.

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