Thursday, July 26, 2012

Susquenita Teachers Hit the Trail!

On Wednesday, July 25th, 27 teachers from Susquenita School took to the Appalachian Trail in Perry County!  Susquenita Middle School civics teacher and Trail to Every Classroom alum Paul Marth did an awesome job coordinating three group hikes and providing outdoor education materials for an In-Service Day in Susquenita’s “backyard.”  While taking breathers along the trek, readings from both Bill Bryon’s A Walk in the Woods and Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods added to the experience in highlighting the benefits of direct exposure to nature for children and the Appalachian Trail as a resource and outdoor classroom.  

ATC staff were able to join the teachers in their hikes traversing Cove and Kittatinny Mountains.  One group did 5 miles on the Darlington Trail and Appalachian Trail from the ridge of Kittatinny Mountain to PA-850 and two groups hiked 7 miles from the PA-850 parking area, up Cove Mountain, and then down into Duncannon.  The path was well-blazed thanks to Susquenita efforts earlier in the year

Handing out maps and excerpts from A Walk in the Woods.

The group on the Darlington Trail, criss-crossing Cumberland & Perry Counties.

Appalachian Trail crossing farm fields in Rye Township.

Susquenita Group at Hawk Rock.

Hikers at the intersection of the Darlington Trail & A.T. 

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