Tahoe, Douglas fourth-graders take learning trip on M.S. Dixie II
Crazed high-pitched screams of “We’re moving! We’re moving” broke out as the M.S. Dixie II left port Wednesday. Onboard were more than 300 fourth-graders from Douglas County and Lake Tahoe school districts likely more rapt to be on a boat than to be learning about the environment, but nonetheless very excited.
“We don’t get a chance to do as much science in the classroom as we’d like,” said Bijou Community School teacher Bettina Wilson. “This is hands on, using other modalities than a text book.”
When they weren’t racing around the Dixie’s three decks or staring down into the blue through the glass bottom, the students shuffled through workshops on water conservation, wildlife and forest management taught by representatives from ten different agencies.
“I think it’s great that they’re out on the lake or out in nature,” said Taylor Currier, a California Trout Americorp member, who was teaching the kids about aquatic invasive species. “I think these are the memories that stick with kids.”