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Tahoe-Truckee students thrive in outdoor education at Sagehen Creek

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From left, Dr. Leri, Board President Kim Szczurek, Board Member Gaylan Larson, Board Member Kirsten Livak, Candy Blesse, Kathy Echols and Sherry McConkey.
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The beautiful environment in and around Tahoe-Truckee provides Tahoe Truckee Unified School District the ability to offer unique, hands-on learning experiences in an “outdoor classroom.”

One notable program at TTUSD is the annual field trip fifth-grade students take to the Sagehen Creek Field Station.

Sagehen, located just eight miles outside of Truckee, offers an engaging outdoor educational experience for the district’s students. It is also one of the first places Dr. Leri, Superintendent Chief Learning Officer for TTUSD, went to when he joined the district.

“Our scholars learn about ecology, biology, the ecosystem and team building in a very special outdoor classroom,” he said. “I fell in love with the program and Sagehen, and I have gone out each year to visit our fifth-grade classes.”

“I fell in love with the program and Sagehen, and I have gone out each year to visit our fifth-grade classes.”Dr. Leri

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Some of the students shared their thoughts about Sagehen:

Cynthia: “At Sagehen, you do science, which is really cool!”

Bergen: “I loved learning about macro-invertebrates because they are such interesting creatures.”

Sienna: “The Rings of Saturn activity taught us about working together.”

Anja: “My favorite thing about Sagehen is that you are outside in nature.”

At their most recent board meeting, TTUSD Board Members extended a special thank you to the three coordinators of the program who make this educational experience possible for TTUSD students.

The Board and Dr. Leri recognized Candy Blesse, Kathy Echols, and Katie Old. Dr. Leri also acknowledged and thanked Sherry McConkey and the Shane McConkey Foundation for their generous support of this program.

This article was provided by the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Visit ttusd.org to learn more.


 

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