Spring Trips

West Sound Academy students had adventures on water and land during WSA's annual Spring Trips the week of June 8-11, 2015.  

These excursions are four-day experiential learning opportunities that have been a tradition at our school. 

2015 gr9 olympic national park spring trip lake ozette 1
2015 gr7 deception pass spring trip rock climbing

The purpose of the trips is for participants to learn collaboration, leadership, and teamwork, and to experience all three elements of International Baccalaureate 'CAS' - creativity, action, and service.  Students are given the opportunity to stretch themselves in a new direction while having fun in the outdoors.

Here is where WSA students went for SPRING TRIPS 2015:

2015 gr6 islandood spring trip bog on the floating classroom


Where:  Islandwood

Activities included:  Running scientific investigations in Mac's Pond and analyzing findings at the Wet Lab, exploring historic Port Blakely Harbor, creating in the Art Studio, and navigating the Teams Course!

Photos: Albums from both groups of WSA 6th graders - Bog and Wind

2015 gr7 deception pass spring trip taking a break


Where:  Deception Pass

Activities included:  Rock climbing at Mt. Erie on Fidalgo Island, with guides from Pergrine Expeditions, and camping at Deception Pass State Park

Photos: See album here (photos by Barrie Hillman and Lionel Pummell)

2015 gr8 hood canal spring trip kayak standing


Where:  Hood Canal

Activities included:  Sea kayaking through the Canal - the adventure began at Belfair State Park, with camping at Seal Rock Campground, and ended at Port Gamble

Photos: See album here (photos by Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson, Julieta Vitullo, and Gary White)

2015 gr9 olympic national park spring trip lifting a log 1


Where:  Olympic National Forest and Park

Activities included:  Canoeing on Lake Ozette, exploring the Hoh Rain Forest and hiking along the  beaches of Olympic National Park

Photos: See album here (photos by David Miller and Lisa Gsellman)

2015 gr10 rafting spring trip pb looking back


Where:  Deschutes River, Oregon

Activities included:  Rafting with Oregon Whitewater Adventures down the Deschutes River, exploring river ecology, geology and history, and camping along the banks of the river.

Photos: See album here (photos by Paul Burback and Kim Uyyek)

2015 gr11 deception pass spring trip group photo


Where:  Deception Pass 

Activities included:  Rock climbing at Mt. Erie on Whidbey Island, with guides from Pergrine Expeditions, and camping at Deception Pass State Park (in a separate group from the 7th graders.)

Photos: See album here (photos by Barrie Hillman)