At OVS, we continue to get our students outdoors in small groups for hiking, climbing, kayaking, equestrian trail riding, surf trips and academic explorations. Being outdoors, exercising and connecting with peers are among the healthiest activities for young people during the pandemic.
This week, our seniors set out for a rafting trip on the San Juan River in Utah. Our sophomores recently went to Solimar for a beach clean-up and surf session, and a group of 8th graders kayaked at Ventura Harbor following a land-based class on paddling techniques. Trip highlights included playing beach volleyball, jumping off boats and paddling out to the harbor entrance. They also learned about harbor design, land use, coastal erosion, and conservation of wetlands. Our freshmen also ventured to the coast to explore tide pools as part of their biology curriculum.
Outdoor learning experiences are core to the OVS philosophy and the benefits of those experiences are arguably more important now than ever. We want students to get outside, develop an understanding of and appreciation for our environment. Outdoor pursuits also build confidence and help students develop strong communication and collaboration skills.