• Students at South Peak

    Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller

    National Historical Park Vermont

7th Grade Winter Visit

March 08, 2013 Posted by: Marissa Jager

On a rather warm Friday in February the entire 7th grade class took a field trip to visit the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and the Billings Farm and Museum. The focus of the day was teamwork and problem solving. At the Billings Farm and Museum the students explored rural Vermont life in the 1800s, when daily chores were a full time job and included churning butter and blocking ice. The students also got to "jack jump" on jack jumper sleds. At the National Park the students learned about animal habitats and tracking, then looked for tracks and animal habitats on their own, identifying the tracks and imagining what the animals "story" might be. The 7th graders were then divided into small groups and used teamwork and collaboration to face problems one might face in a survival situation; building a shelter and a fire with limited supplies and limited time. All teams were successful at building a snow shelter and a small fire that could melt and boil snow. It was great to get outside with the students and watch how quickly they could come up with a plan. Sometimes all that is needed is a little direction and some supplies and the kids will figure the rest out on their own.

-Marissa Jager SCA Intern     

teambuilding, problem solving, rural life, Vermont, animal habitats, tracking, winter survival skills




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Black and white Carleton Watkins photograph, showing Yosemite's massive granite Cathedral Rock. Billings Family Archives.

Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. wrote to George Perkins Marsh in 1857, asking his advice on promoting "free soil" settlement in Texas to challenge the westward expansion of slavery. Strongly anti-slavery, both men would also champion land stewardship and public access to places like Yosemite Valley.