continued This year’s trip was especially nice, Lang said, because of great weather. Students saw about 30 whales, including 25 humpbacks.
“There have been years when the weather has been cold and nasty,” Lang said. “This year it was beautiful. There was nothing but smiles on the boat. Everyone loved it. It was one of our best trips ever; it was really special.”
The trip is valuable for students, Lang said.
“It’s an incredibly positive experience for the kids,” he said. “It’s definitely an educational trip. There’s a science component at the museum and whale watch; there is a history component at the plantation and on the tours; they do math at the museums; and the trip inspires a lot of writing in English classes when we return.”
Teachers from every discipline went on the trip.
“There’s also a social aspect,” he added. “This is the first time most of the kids have been away from home without their parents. They learn a lot — and they laugh a lot. It was a lot of fun.”
The trip is planned by seventh grade teachers, who also chaperone. The goal is to expose students to as much as possible in a weekend, said Lang.
Lang noted the trip is so popular, it has inspired similar trips at St. Mary’s School in Ticonderoga and Crown Point Central School.
The annual trip began in the 1970s when seventh grade students were taken to Caumsett State Park on Long Island for an overnight trip and outdoor education program. After several years the trip was changed to visit Provincetown, Mass., so a whale watch could be added to the itinerary. Eventually the trip moved to Boston so students could visit historic sights.