Hello 2013!

Happy 2013 to everyone out there! It’s the start of a new year, and we are excited to see all of our returning groups from 2012 as well as our new visitors.

We had one group stay at Eagle Bluff for three days right before the winter break. Oak Hill Montessori arrived on December 18th and stayed until the 20th. While here at the bluff, they learned about surviving winter storms, both as Minnesota animals and as stranded travelers. They also got the opportunity to study tree identification and challenge themselves on west treetops. On their last day, a big snow storm rolled in, which the students all really enjoyed! They all made it back to school safely, which we were glad to hear!

Here are a couple photos from a group at tree tops!

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Excited for the course!

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Ready to go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right after the new year, Tri-City United Schools came for a visit. It was their first year coming to Eagle Bluff, and we all had a blast. The staff enjoyed their energy and enthusiasm, and things ran really smoothly for a group of 175! Plus, even though they started out a bit rocky with our Golden Clean Plate and Eagle Eye competitions, they finished strong and were able to go home with both to display at their schools. They were able to take five classes while here since they stayed an extra afternoon. High ropes was a highlight for all, but the students also enjoyed archery, winter survival, beginning orienteering, group challenges, and animal signs.

The photos below are from a Group Challenges class.

Playing One Fish, Two Fish

Playing One Fish, Two Fish

Working as a team to hide the rubber chicken during One Fish, Two Fish

Working as a team to hide the rubber chicken during One Fish, Two Fish

Getting ready to jump together as a group!

Getting ready to jump together!

Alaskan Baseball

Alaskan Baseball

More Alaskan Baseball with Chuck the Chicken

More Alaskan Baseball with Chuck the Chicken

Going on a blindfolded trust walk, led by their teacher, Jenna.

Going on a blindfolded trust walk, led by their teacher, Jenna.

Trying to get everyone All Aboard!

Trying to get everyone All Aboard!

They figured it out!

They figured it out!

Working together on the Norwegian Skis

Working together on the Norwegian Skis

Trying to get everyone across the alligator filled canyon!

Trying to get everyone across the alligator filled canyon!

A group photo with their instructor, Jenna, at the Canyon Crossing

A group photo with their instructor, Jenna, at the Canyon Crossing

Silly Faces!

Silly Faces!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also for fun, our Adventure Coordinator Colleen and Graduate Naturalist Vaughn pretended to be animals on display before class on Friday. It sure attracted the attention of the students!

Vaughn and Colleen, in position.

Vaughn and Colleen, in position in the far corner.

Checking out the spectacle!

Checking out the spectacle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week, Garlough Environmental Magnet School will be in for three days. We look forward to seeing you guys on Wednesday!

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