6th Grade Trip

Environmental Excursion

The 6th Grade Environmental Excursion refers to two trips taken by each 6th Grade Class. The first trip takes place at the beginning of the 6th Grade school year and students travel to The Ecology School in Saco, Maine. The second trip, called Project O (Project Oceanology), takes place in June and is located in Mystic, CT.

the ecology school

The Ecology School
In September the 6th grade class has attends the The Ecology School in Saco, Maine. It is located on a dune system just yards from beaches, coastal forests and freshwater ponds. This allows for ecosystem based lessons in a variety of environments. For more information on The Ecology School visit www.theecologyschool.org.

project_oProject Oceanology (Project O)
The second component of the 6th Grade Environmental Excursion is Project O, a similarly focused day trip to Mystic, CT. Project O allows kids to have experience with boat equipment to gather scientific data and live species. This trip takes place in June. For more information visit www.oceanology.org.

How are these trips paid for?
The 6th Grade Environmental Excursion is a school program, but each student’s family is ultimately responsible for paying the cost of these trips. The goal is to reduce the overall cost to each family through class fundraising activities along with individual fundraising participation. Fundraising for these trips begins as early as 1st Grade.

The 6th Grade Environmental Excursion is part of the 6th Grade curriculum, but the financial accounting is managed by the PTO Treasurer. While some of the fundraising is done in conjunction with the PTO, much is done separately through that year’s 6th Grade Environmental Excursion Fundraising Committee. The goal is to reduce the overall cost to each family.