ESP Means Caring For The Environment

Sixth graders at Holy Angels have the opportunity to experience a little ESP…as in Environmental Stewardship Program. As the fall colors begin to change, students trek to Camp Gray near Wisconsin Dells for an overnight camp/retreat/learning experience. The camp is part of the Madison diocese and offers campers a chance to learn about many varied habitats and our role in protecting the earth and God’s gift of the environment.

When learning about invasive species like buckthorn and honeysuckle, campers get to make a positive impact by removing some plants at the camp. With a mighty combined effort, huge invasive plants are pulled out of the ground (roots and all) by the sixth graders. Getting up close and personal with small swamp creatures (unlike the horror movie type), student were able to determine the relative health of one of the ponds at the camp. Harrison Creek provided the up-to-the-top-of-the-boots kind of experience as students waded upstream and viewed varied aspects of a stream, including isolated pockets of clay. The creek (and all that it contains) trickles into Mirror Lake which empties into the Wisconsin River, which finds its way to the Mississippi River, the Gulf of Mexico and finally the Atlantic Ocean.

The sixth graders also enjoyed some choice time which included canoeing, archery, and a Camp Gray version of capture the flag. There were also bonfires and s’mores, evening prayer and meditation, a solo hike, and an Ort Challenge (ask a sixth grader!). The concluding Abraham Pact calls upon the sixth graders to actually do something in their life which will have a positive impact of the environment…today and for the future.

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