Off-Campus Education Week 2023

PINE’s annual Off-Campus Education Week is in the books. This unique programmatic offering provides all of our 5th-12th Graders with specialized travel opportunities - layering immersive learning experiences with time that fosters deeper student-faculty connections.
From Dude Ranch adventures & FL Keys Environmental fun to college tours & New York Urban exploration - these trips expand our students’ worldviews and create lasting memories.

All of the Middle School trips presented targeted opportunities perfect for these age ranges. 5th Graders visited the Nature's Classroom Institute on the Gulf of Mexico - exploring wilderness trails, salt-water beaches, and Man-Groves for a comprehensive learning experience. 6th Graders traveled to the Circle F Dude Ranch, where they participated in team-building activities to develop & practice communication, leadership, trust, safety, cooperation, decision-making and problem-solving skills. 7th Graders explored Florida's West Coast - kayaking the Wekiva River and visiting the Withlacoochee State Park. as well as enjoying time at Busch Gardens. Our 8th Graders caught a bus to Black Mountain in North Carolina and experienced team-building, ropes course, outdoor education, & unique adventure programs.

The range of the Upper School trips were as varied as they were exciting and special. Each of these trips also included opportunities to give back to the communities they visited as students participated in service projects. 9th Graders enjoyed a fun and educational trip to the Florida Everglades and Keys - including the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center, feeding Tarpon at Robbie’s dock, a Conch Train Tour in Key West, and snorkeling at John Pennekamp. 10th Graders were treated to a trip that included both college visits (coordinated by PINE’s College Counselor Kathleen Bracken) and historical sites. 11th Graders took on one of PINE’s most popular OCE Week trips, the New York City Urban Exploration - working collaboratively as they traveled NYC streets and neighborhoods to discover firsthand the forces that shape the city. PINE’s 12th Graders trip was centered around the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC, and gave our Seniors another opportunity to bond and make lifelong memories.

“In the end, this week is about celebrating the flexibility that independent schools have to explore experiences outside of the classroom,” summed up Off-Campus Coordinator Patty Woodbury.

Off-Campus Education Week Photos on Flickr
The Pine School is an independent college preparatory school educating students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade.