Cannon Falls fourth grade classes have, for the sixteenth consecutive year, experienced a spring field trip to the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center near Lanesboro, with teacher and excursion organizer Lynn Wolter.
Students negotiated the tree tops obstacle course, Practiced archery shooting at 3D targets (deer, turkey and bear), and learned a bit about the history of archery.
The collective favorite meal served to them was homemade pizza, and a goal was "zero food waste" which was acquired by helping other kids clean their plates. They were also able to earn extra points picking up trash.
A zipline where ropes were up in the air 30 feet put smiles onto their faces.
Pioneer life experiences included making fire with flint, drinking pine needle tea, tasting homemade bread, making candles and sewing pieces of fabric together to make curtains. They sawed wood cookies and then got to brand them.
They also piloted a new class called, "Inside Energy," learning all about wind turbines and solar panels as alternative energy sources. Said Wolters, "We really liked the class."
Funding for this experiential learning trip is provided in part by the Cannon Falls Education Foundation, Cannon Falls PTO, Cannon Falls Fire Department, PIBC, and the Lion's Club.