Every year, our 5th through 8th grade students embark on exciting, overnight field trips with their classmates. Not only are priceless memories made during these unique excursions, but these trips are an integral part of The Cushman School experience. Through the integration of our academic curriculum into real life adventures, students make connections between concepts studied in the classroom and their applications to the world around us.
Our fifth graders visit Sea Camp in Big Pine Key to snorkel the coral reefs, explore the mangroves and sail in the crystal bay while gaining a deeper understanding of our natural resources and learning about Florida’s habitats and history. Our sixth graders travel up the east coast of Florida to the St. Augustine area and Cumberland Island National Seashore reliving the journey of those who settled this part of our nation. Seventh grade students head to Circle F Dude Ranch in Central Florida where they ride horses, kayak, zipline, learn about astronomy and nature; the many activities are designed for team building and achieving an educational connection with the outdoors.
In alternate years, our eighth graders set off for either Washington D.C. to soak in the history of our nation’s birthplace or to the rainforest of Costa Rica to become immersed in the topography, ecology and culture of this country while applying their Spanish language skills.
Planned each year prior to Spring Break, these trips are a time of anticipation, excitement and growth for our students, as well as some nostalgic parents. It’s consistently one of the most memorable adventures our students share together in secure, age-appropriate environments.