Saturday, April 29, 2017

April 28 Update

The Great Outdoor Track learned about wood working with Louie Speelmon and then participated in a bridge building competition with Mr. Mac, which included a lot of knot tying. See video below.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Idaho Forest Competition Practice

Thanks to Kaniksu Land Trust for organizing this!

The team.

Log scaling (calculating board feet in raw logs)

And other fun stuff!

We're Sad: It's Sunny Outside

Where has our soggy spring and winter gone?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Wampus Park Cleanup

Students spent their track day at the school, as it was a hybrid track day. During hybrid days students participate in their usual experiential-learning track, but also attend their regularly scheduled math and English classes. That explains why the Great Outdoor Track students were at the school. What to do? Get Wampus Park ready for its grand opening in May!

Students spent the day picking up limbs, raking greens, and doing general upkeep.

Monday, March 27, 2017

March 24 Update

Another eclectic day of outdoor activities in the Great Outdoors Track. Led by volunteers with Kaniksu Land Trust --- Graham, Regan, Dave, and Carrie --- students made chairs from natural materials, made felt, skinned moose legs, and tied ropes, among other things. Thanks again to Kaniksu Land Trust for all that they do with our students in the Great Outdoors Track! 



Monday, March 20, 2017

Making Leather Naturally

Dave with Kaniksu Land Trust showed students how to make leather, naturally, using brains. Students cooked the brain concoction, scraped the hides to remove hair, soaked the hides in the brain solution, and then stretched them. Result: soft, supple, leather! 

Dave explaining the art of leather making, among other things. 

Scraping hides.

Soaking hides in the brain concoction.

Watching in amazement...

Ringing out the hides after rinsing.

Stretching the hides.

The final product.

Modeling homemade leather clothes.

Making cords from native plants.