From overnight field trips to international journeys, travel has fully resumed at Providence Day this fall. After two years of pandemic interruptions, students are venturing off campus locally, regionally, and globally once again.
In September, fifth graders went to Seabrook Island, South Carolina, to take part in the Barrier Island Environmental Education Program. Students learned about coastal wildlife in a facility featuring beach, 100 acres of salt marsh, 200 acres of undisturbed maritime forest, freshwater ponds, and a freshwater swamp.
In Middle School, sixth and seventh graders went to Camp Weaver in October, where they experienced hiking, canoeing, archery, and bonding activities. "To watch our students interact with each other, get to know classmates that they may have previously not spent much time with, and to see them run and play -- device-free -- for a couple of days was exactly what we were hoping for in a class trip," said Lee Tappy, Head of Middle School.
"For our 6th and 7th graders, this was their first trip as a grade level, and I believe it will be one that they will remember for a very long time. It sure was fulfilling to see our students load the bus with so much excitement and to watch them bond as a group."
In Upper School, ninth graders enjoyed their U.S. National Whitewater Center kickoff while Seniors returned for a traditional Senior Venture in Boston and Cape Cod in August. And a group of seven students traveled to Oxford and Wales for a Round Square International Conference in September.
"The return to national and international travel brings back experiential learning in such a needed way," said Eric Hedinger, Head of Upper School. "It helps our students to be curious about the world and embrace similarities and differences in more genuine ways."
Divisions hope to have more travel to announce in the coming months. For more on the Round Square trip, visit @pdsglobal. For more on Middle School field trips, visit @pdsmiddleschool. Images from Seabrook Island are available at @pdslowerschool.