3-Day Yosemite Trip

The kids were so excited and full of energy on the morning of our departure from Catheys Valley. They were happy to have a special goodbye surprise from Ms. Baumann’s class. 

As soon as we arrived into the Park, we had a couple of hours until we were allowed in our tent cabins, so we took a short walk to Stoneman Meadow and ate lunch on the snowy boardwalk under Half Dome. 

After a short orientation with teachers and Nature Bridge educators, we were checked into our cabins. The kids were adorable and SO excited to make the cabins their home for the trip. As teachers checked in with each cabin, sounds of giggles, pillow fights, and happy conversations filled the air.

After a rockclimbing-themed evening program, everyone enjoyed a filling dinner of BBQ chicken and veggie lasagna. And, of course, jello and chocolate cake! 

We woke up at 6 a.m. the next day to get bundled up and ready for a long day of hiking and learning in snowy Yosemite Valley. Everyone enjoyed breakfast and soon after, groups met their trail group educators. We all said goodbye to our cozy cabins in Curry Village. 

One of our Nature Bridge educators, Natasha, lead various activities that included examining trees with evidence of Bark Beetle, a geology and a California geography lesson. The kids had a blast running around in the snow while learning at the same time.

Unforeseen Mono winds caused National Park Service to evacuate guests in Curry Village. For part of the day while students were on trail, teachers transported luggage to the other side of the Valley so that everyone could stay at the Yosemite Lodge. After a long day out, everyone was happy to enjoy hotel comforts and another good dinner. 

Our last day in Yosemite was beautiful! The two 5th and 6th grade groups met up and participated in activities as a class today. They slid down a large boulder, had a break long enough for a photo session under lower Yosemite Falls, and played a game that taught about competing resources. The game was connected to a statistics assignment where a double line graph was made in each students’ field guide provided by Nature Bridge. 

We are so thankful for Kelly Salonen, who drove our sleeping kids back safely from Yosemite on her last day of work! Thank you Kelly!

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