Opportunity to Learn – Grand Canyon
This year, Dallastown Students will travel to the Grand Canyon for an interactive exploration into Earth and Space Science. Students will hike through the Grand Canyon, mountain bike through Sedona, float down the Colorado River, gaze at the skies at Lowell's Observatory, and much more!
Students will meet throughout the year with trip leaders, Ms. Overfelt and Mrs. Picchini, for fund raising and team building. Important dates and information will be posted below. Additionally, you can email the trip leaders at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarship Applications Available! Due March 1st
Next Travel Dates June 20th - 24th 2013
June 25, 2012 - Initial Payment - $200.00 perstudent
September 14, 2012 - Second Payment of $410.00 perstudent
November 16, 2012 - Third Payment of $409.00 per student
January 18, 2013 - Fourth Payment of $409.00 per student
April 11, 2013 - Final Payment of $409.00 per student
Objective: 1). Arrive in Las Vegas 2). Explore Hoover Dam
The day started early for dallastown students but they showed up to BWI at 5am ready to go. Many of our military were departing from the same airline causing a huge back up in luggage. The kids kept a great attitude through it all and we made it onto our flight to Salt Lake City with minutes to spare. The delay cause us to perform the "6 gate dash" to our connecting flight to Las Vegas and we did arrive on time. It was a nice welcome to the spoils of air travel ;) Everyone loved the Hoover Dam tour and they couldn't get over the scale of it all. The terrain here is so different here the kids really feel far from home. Enjoy the pics!
N. Arizona Museum, Red Rock, Slide Rock, and Sedona!
The kids woke up early today well rested and ready to take on the three physical challenges. Challenge one, mountain biking through Red Rock, gave them a chance to really experience the terrain. Check out Caitlin's motivating picture below. She was the only female student to keep up with the lead group of mountain bikers! Her determination and ability to bounce back earned her a spot in the top 3 pics today. Challenge two, climbing Red Rock, gave kids a bird's eye view of the area. They pushed their way up the mountain and faced their fears of heights. The view and sense of accomplishment made it well worth it. The last challenge was cliff diving off slide rock. Trip and Danny earned the pic of the day with their synchronized diving routine ensuring everyone knows that "They are number one".
Our day started in Sunset Crater where students walked through a series of volcanic areas. They were in awe of the lava flows everywhere which was evident as "black rock". We then visited several pueblos at Wuptaki state park. There Jason experienced a nose bleed and had to dress the wound "field style" earning one of our top 3 pic spots. From there we floated down the Colorado river surrounded by amazing scenery. We stopped for a dip in the 47 degree water. It was the most painful swim we have ever experienced but we had to try it and photograph it to earn another spot in the top three pics of the day. On the way to dinner we stopped at marble rock which you can see by the picture is a series of very strange rock formations. Our final stop was indoor rock climbing. All the students tried it but we definitely have some natural talent amoung our group. Laurel reached the top of the begginer and intermediate climbs. She made it most of the way to the difficult wall. Ben and Mike reached the top of the difficult walls and continued to challenge themselves by climbing as many times as possible.
The Grand Canyon day had a great start. We pulled up to the canyon and had the kids do a blind conga line to the rim then had a big reveal. Although they all took pictures they admitted that pictures could never do the site justice. We hiked down into the canyon which less than 1% of visitors do! It was a beautiful day for the hike. At night we went to Lowell's Observatory. The kids viewed the M5 cluster through the big scope. Although it's 25,000 light years away you could pick out individual stars. They also viewed Saturn through the little scope. You could actually see the rings!
KIDS SHOULD TEXT YOU DURING THEIR LAY OVER TO LET YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TIME WE WILL RETURN. OUR FLIGHT IS SCHEDULED TO COME IN FROM MSP AT 10:45 AM.
Travel Dates: June 2013