HAS students visit Dolly Sods

Submitted photos Students set up camp at Red Creek Campground.
Laila Cade releases a song bird.
Students hike to Bear Rocks.

ELKINS — Highland Adventist School students kicked off their Outdoor Skills program for the year with a camping trip to Dolly Sods.

After setting up camp, the group participated in hiking, sight-seeing, campfire cooking, and flashlight tag. After a night in the tents, they learned about the birdbanding process as they visited the Allegheny Front Migratory Observatory at Red Creek Campground. The birdbanding station is in its 61st year and is the oldest, continuous birdbanding station in North America. The banders spent time instructing the students on the banding process and allowed them to release wild songbirds after they were banded.

“This annual outdoor skills trip is a favorite with our students,” said Cheryl Jacko, principal. “We are always excited to see students enjoying learning and exercising in our beautiful West Virginia mountains! We hope the love of outdoor recreation they learn here will stay with them all through their lives.”

Highland Adventist School operates an active Outdoor Skills Recreation program that provides training and experiences in a variety of outdoor skills, including hiking, skiing, camping, and biking. For more information about the school, which provides innovative programming for students in grades PK-12, visit the school website at www.highlandadventistschool.org or call 304-636-4274.