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Nevada City 6th-graders spend week at coast

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Imagine being 12 years old and being able to spend a full week of the school year on the beach and bluffs of California’s central coast. For more than 25 years, Seven Hills School sixth-graders have done just that and this year continued that tradition.

More than 100 students boarded two school buses on an early Monday morning for the long drive to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Nature Bridge Campus. There, students hiked daily in groups of 15, climbing the nearby hills while studying science in the natural classroom with professional science educators. Additional time was spent in the Skin and Skull Lab, the indoor tidepool room and the microscope laboratory.

The entire group stayed in two rebuilt World War II-era military dormitories, and meals were provided by the kitchen staff and served cafeteria style, complete with a breakfast fruit bar and an evening salad bar. Lunch was made cooperatively on the trail each day.

When parent chaperone Kathryn Baker Boswell was asked her impressions of the Nature Bridge experience, she said, “Beyond words, the amount of knowledge the students gained in the one week was amazing. The team building, self-confidence building and hands-on learning went on all day; it was non-stop. You could see the light bulbs turning on, and they were all having such a good time! I hope every child in the Nevada City School District has an opportunity to go one day.”

Her son agreed.

“Amazing, every day there was something new and fun. Never a boring moment. We did so many cool things. The labs and hikes were my favorites,” said Baker Boswell.

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