9th Grade Everglades Trip Information
Each spring the ninth grade class heads down to the Everglades National Park for a week of tent camping on the bay under the stars, while exploring the unique ecosystems and wildlife of South Florida. The Everglades is the only ecosystem of its kind in America and we are fortunate to be able to study it up close. The students get to see in person what they have studied in their biology classes making this an invaluable educational lesson, while the adventures they have together during the week makes this a wonderful time for building relationships and community together.
The adventures during the week include alligator and crocodile spotting; bird watching; hiking through tropical hardwood forests, sawgrass, and hammocks; canoeing through mangroves; and snorkeling along the coral reef at Key Largo. At the campsite, they cook together, have devotions, and sing around the campfire while stargazing.
This is a wonderful week away from the daily routines and technology in which to marvel at God’s creativity through creation in the great outdoors.
The Everglades trip is not set up for social distancing and there is a risk of illness. Students and chaperones will be traveling by vans for 6 hours to and from the Everglades as well as staying in tents while camping. Masks will not be expected to be worn except in indoor public spaces.
There will be no requirement of COVID testing before participating in the Everglades trip. We will follow CDC guidelines and not allow anyone on the trip who has been exposed to COVID within 14 days of departure. Any student who is in a period of isolation or quarantine for COVID at the time of departure will not be allowed to attend.
In the event of illness on the trip where COVID is suspected, a trip chaperone will take the student or chaperone to an urgent care facility 40 minutes away from camp. Parents may be required to come pick up their student. If anyone on the trip is diagnosed with COVID, all participants will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the day of last exposure.
- Dates: February 22–26, 2021
- Trip Chaperones: Robbie Andreasen, trip leader; Nurse Jones; Dr. Vollenweider; AnnMarie Hamilton; Stefan Herzog; Randy Dooling
- Cost: Approximately $380, billed to accounts on the following schedule: $190 will be billed to FACTS and due in December, $190 billed to FACTS in January
- Informational Meeting: Monday, November 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm in the da Vinci room
- Intent Form: Please submit the Everglades 2021 Intent Form by November 13