Pasadena Waldorf School’s 9th Grade Students on their Trip to Yosemite National Park

The Pasadena Waldorf School ninth grade trip this year followed the tradition of its lead class through a trip to Yosemite National Park. High School teachers, Karin Doerr and Gisella Gatica, accompanied the 9th grade students as their chaperones and fellow hikers.
This field trip focused on observing the multiple glacial events in Yosemite Valley that helped shape the magnificent rock structures of El Capitan, North Dome and Half Dome. The students recorded their observations of glacial evidence through an individual field journal that reflected each student’s drawings and notes. These field observations are currently being used in this geology course to design a glacial model to be made in the classroom laboratory.

In addition to the academic portion of this trip, the outdoor classroom gave students a chance to come together as a trail group and cabin mates. Together the freshmen overcame weather obstacles, challenge games and everything in-between.

Meanwhile, the tenth graders boarded the Island Packers Ferry at 10:00 a.m. and set out for their Channel Islands Photography Trip. By 11:30 a.m., the students, along with their photography teacher Michael Powers and trip chaperones (Sarah Baird, Melissa Mancilla, and John Lichtwardt,) arrived on Santa Cruz Island.

The next four days were spent hiking, kayaking through sea caves, setting up tripods to capture images of the evening’s sunset and night’s stars, and learning to use various camera lenses while shooting around the island. Having no stores, vending machines, or cell service – the students quickly adjusted to life on the island. Students and chaperones alike returned home safely with a few sunburns, many photographs and a boat-load of amazing memories.

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