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Experiential Learning

Teachers plan field trips to expand student perspective, engage, and add an authentic component to lessons. Our students and teachers travel to places near and far expanding their understanding of local heritage, cultures, experiences, and landscapes. In our neighboring counties, for example, we explore local historic landmarks touched by the life of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. On further expeditions, we study monuments, national parks, and museums in and around Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. Experiential learning engages all students and helps them create personal connections with what they learn in the classroom.

Some Wye River Upper School trips have included:

  • Broadway plays in New York City and Philadephia (cultural and music-based trips)

  • Overnight camping in Maryland (team building)

  • International service-learning trips to the Dominican Republic (Study of water quality and education)

  • Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery, Alabama (Language Arts and History exploration of the Civil Rights Movement)

  • Eastern State Penitentiary (Government lesson on the early American judicial system)

  • Smithsonian Forensics Trip (hands-on study of human bones)

  • Urban sketching of historic local architecture (art lesson)

  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (A multi-media performance blending science and music)

  • Washington College Center for Environment and Science (Buoy release to collect water-quality data in the Corsica River)

  • Bay-Studies voyage on the historic schooner, the Sultana, in Chestertown, MD (Ecology, History and English lessons - related to the study of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Beautiful Swimmers)

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