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Tuesday
Jun022015

2015 Spring Field Trip - DAY 2: AFTERNOON/EVENING!

In the afternoon of day two of our field trip, we split the group up to explore some surrounding areas in central Maine.

The older students headed to the Viles Arboretum in Augusta to participate in one of their ecology programs that focused native plants and tree.

The program started with a kind of "show and tell" of cool artifacts that are and are NOT native to Maine. Students did a great job identifying different plants, trees, and other evidence of living creatures that can be found here in our state. 

Students then got a tour of the arboretum where they got an up-close look at the plant collections, habitats, and historical sites. 

We experienced the arboretum through ALL of our senses... including our sense of taste. Students went digging for wild carrots to eat and enjoy!

 We were all on information overload at the arboretum because there was just so much to take in and our tour guide was SO knowledgable. We did not want to leave!

On the other side of town, the TLC youngers were at the Children's Discovery Museum having their own adventure!

They got to explore the museum together for a couple of hours and it just looked like pure, honest-to-goodness FUN!

It is pretty sweet to see these students just get the opportunity to PLAY with kids their own age!

At the end of the day we all gathered back at the camp for a delicious taco dinner made by our awesome parent volunteers. Dinner was another favorite part of this trip for many of us. All of the parents and many of the kids worked together to make the meal and then we all sat down to share it together. On previoius TLC trip, it used to be that people would sit together by islands, but not on this trip! I noticed that at EVERY meal our school families were intermingled. You couldn't tell who was from what island or school, we were just all apart of the TLC! I loved that.

Once we all cleaned up after dinner, the olders got the chance to test out their presentation for the State House on all of the TLC chaperones. You could tell they were nervous, but they did a fantastic job.

The agenda for the rest of the evening was "indoor/outdoor game night." Some kids opted to stay inside and play group games together.

 Some just wanted some quiet drawing time.

And the rest of us spent the last couple of hours in the day at the basketball quart shooting some hoops! Where do we GET all of our energy?! I surely do not know...

Hopefully we saved some energy for day three... I know it was going to be a busy one. 

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