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Mar 18 2011

Haut Gap delves into natural history, Seabrook-style

Language Arts teacher Carol Cadle gathers her enthusiastic crew for their next activity.

By Lisa Hillman

The sixth grade class at Haut Gap Middle School spent three amazing days and two cold nights from February 9 to 11 participating in the Barrier Island Environmental Education program at Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island. Principal Paul Padron and his staff chaperoned the excited group, while David Gardner and his crew educated and entertained the children. Hands-on environmental activities included “It Skinks”, “Scales and Tales” “Pondering Life”, and ”Lets Sea”. Students enjoyed the team building activity “Need a Friend”, as well as the “Moccasin Trail” nature hike. The children rotated through each experience, learning first-hand about our fascinating Lowcountry environment.

I arrived in time to chat with some students who were finishing their breakfast. They reported that the food was great (especially the fried chicken from the night before) and that they had fun sleeping in the cabins in bunk beds, although there was a complaint about someone snoring. With enthusiasm, and despite the cold drizzle outside, they found their teacher and took off for their “Scales and Tales” meeting to learn about fish and reptiles.

The Seabrook Island Natural History Group (SINHG) was happy to help fund this remarkable adventure for local school children and to welcome them to Seabrook Island.

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