ECO-Shores Class Climbs to New Heights
Peninsula Shores District School students of all ages were entertained by the ECO-Shores class at the start of the semester. This grade 11/12 outdoor education class from Wiarton participated in a ropes course put on by Carlin Val from the OEC. The workshop included both slacklining, an activity recently popularized by Madonna’s half time show at the Super Bowl, and ascending techniques.
On Wednesday, February 8 Val taught the class how to set up and use a slackline. Thursday morning included a trust raise activity where 6 students worked together to safely raise a classmate (and later their teacher) to the rafters. Students also learned proper ascending techniques to safely climb and descend under their own power.
Val, a professional outdoor educator and climber, is well qualified to teach others how to climb. He has reached the summit of two mountains in Peru and will make an attempt for Mount Denali in June. He also runs his own climbing company, At Last Adventures.
ECO-Shores students will pursue further adventures this spring as well. This two-credit program includes a three day hike on the Bruce Trail and an eight day canoe trip in Algonquin Provincial Park. Other program highlights include teaching Ducks Unlimited school programs to grade 4 students, and paddle and moccasin making.
The ECO-Shores program is funded largely through commissioned grants. Students no longer host fish fry dinners to raise money for their field trips. This year, students will design an obstacle course for children participating in the Bruce Peninsula Multisport Race, as well teach their community about the threatened Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake for the Gosling Foundation. In return, these two generous donors help fund the trips. For more information about the Wiarton Outdoor Education Class contact Tobin Day "ECO-SHores Teacher" at: 519-534-2205 (ext 660).