Field Trips for Call of the Wild
Fall 2019 Day-Hikes:

Day 2/4 Class  - Friday, 9/20

Day 1/3 Class - Wednesday, 9/25

Parent Permission Form

A one day trip to Easton/Weston (Crow Hill Preserve and Trout Brook Valley Open Space) to explore forested open spaces.  Students learn lessons about ecology, practice close observation, and gain a better appreciation for the natural and human history in this area.  

Before and after the trip, students practice documenting observations and lessons in their field journals. Students who are unable to participate in the day hike will be responsible for an additional reading/response about local landscape, and an additional independent field journal.

Students should bring water, lunch, appropriate layers for being outside all day, insect repellent (see links at bottom of page about TICKS & MOSQUITOES), and sun protection.  Walking distance over varied terrain totals about 5 miles.  School bus departs FLHS at 7:30 AM, and returns by 2:00.  Students will not have access to cell phones during the walk.

Photos from Fall 2017 Trips

In-Class Journal Response Prompts (for day after trip)


Brief animoto video from a spring trip from 2013:
CLICK HERE
(most photos in this video were taken by Sasha McCay -
the excellent image quality is much diminished in this video - sorry, Sasha)
Backpacking Trip:

Fall 2019 trips-

Tentative Dates:
Oct 17&18 - Day 1/3
Nov 7&8 - Day 2/4



Note: If you have a conflict that prevents you from going on the same date as your class, you may be able to join one of the other trips. See Mr. Nulf about this.

Parent Permission Form

Trip Description/Itinerary


Photos from Fall 2017 Trips


 A challenging two-day backpacking trip to the Taconic Ridge Trail at the CT / MA / NY border.  Students hike up and over several summits, including the highest point in CT.  In preparation for the trip, they must plan meals and tenting arrangements in small groups, and gather / pack their gear.  A variety of loaner equipment is available from Mr. Nulf (thanks, in part, to grant support from the FLHS PTA).   This is a physically demanding trip, requiring stamina, determination, and a good base fitness level.  A link to a more detailed trip description is available above.  

After the trip, students will complete informal reflections, and develop a formal personal narrative essay which reveals related insights about their experience.   Students unable to participate in the backpacking trip will be responsible for a brief researched writing piece about an ideal outdoor adventure trip.  They will develop their formal personal narrative essays about a previous outdoor experience of their choice.


Fairfield Citizen editorial by Ron Blumenfeld about Call of the Wild backpacking trip, April, 2013: CLICK HERE





ALTERNATIVE TO OVERNIGHT TRIP ASSIGNMENT FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT ON TRIP



Follow Overnight Trips Online!   
 Using a "Spot" GPS transmitter, we send back "OK" signals from the trail, even when out of cell phone range.  Parents and friends can check in on the trip using the link below.  We will try to update  periodically (at least every few hours, up until bedtime, and beginning again in the morning) with OK messages, which should appear at our current location on a map. If you wish to check in, you should be able to follow it HERE (I will update link before each trip).  If no messages appear, please do not worry.  The signal usually works, but technical problems are a possibility.
NOTES about GEAR:
I do have a fair amount of loaner gear that students may use for overnight trips  - esp backpacks and tents.  Some of these were purchased by FLHS PTA (THANK YOU).  If we run short on gear that works for you, you do have the option to rent backpacking gear at REI or EMS.

 Personal Gear-

- I highly recommend that each student have a quality pair of hiking shoes/boots to participate in field trips.  Proper fit, comfort, and support/protection are really important.  Especially for the backpacking trip, your boots are probably the most important gear.
MORE ON FOOTWEAR, HERE

- Functional rain gear is also essential.
 
During class field trips and independent trips outside, students should be mindful of the danger of biting insects and the diseases they may carry.  

Please click here for more information about avoiding TICK BORNE DISEASES.

Click here for more information about precautions against MOSQUITOES.

Though the chances of seeing one are extremely low, black bear populations are on the rise in Connecticut.  Click here for more information about Black Bears in CT.