In week two of summer session, we have spent a lot of time in the garden! Kara Buchanan, our resident herbalist, helped students learn about the various herbs and plants in and around our garden. Students tried various herbs, learning about their properties and some plant biology. Students made a healing salve by mixing olive oil infused with comfrey, plantain, St. John's wort and calendula with beeswax and essential oils. The salve can be used to soothe bug bites, burns, and dry skin.
Our field trips this week took us to the McNeil Generating Plant in Burlington, as well as Winooski Hydro One. Students learned about these two different energy plants and discussed the benefits and costs of each one. On Wednesday, students traveled to Middlebury, where they went to the Middlebury College Art Museum and toured an exhibit on Japanese tattoos and took in some historic sites around town. Students also enjoyed the free concert in Battery Park in Burlington on Thursday night.
Last weekend's trip to Lake George was a blast, despite rainy weather. While students didn't get to do much swimming, they spent some time perfecting their air hockey and skee-ball skills at the arcade. This weekend, students and staff are traveling to New Hampshire where they will get to take in some gorgeous sites, including some good swimming spots!