GHS students taking part in the seventh annual Porcupine Mountain Wilderness Area backpacking trip experienced an adventure of a lifetime. In June, ten students in grades 11–12 and several science teachers traveled to the shores of Lake Superior in Upper Michigan where they camped for four nights in the wilderness and learned about biology, geology, and astronomy in the field. Along with a variety of hands-on activities, students also learned backpacking and camping skills. There are no requirements for prior camping experience or equipment, just a sense of adventure and the willingness to learn.
This free course starts with two days in the classroom learning about the state park and getting familiar with the gear. The next five days are spent backpacking and seeing some incredible scenery, each campsite different from the next. We can all agree that spending time outside and experiencing the natural world is more important than ever. Students can apply during the second semester for their own chance to experience this educational adventure in nature.