A training was held Monday for the 4th Grade Afield program that will be held in September and October for students at the Escanaba Upper Elementary and Holy Name Catholic Schools.
Volunteer docents will instruct students on nature journaling and observational drawing. The science portion, led by Joe Kaplan, will stand as the foundation and main curricular component. On Monday, Kaplan went over what he will be sharing with students with docents.
The program will be held Sept. 14, 19, 21 and Oct. 3 at Aronson Island in Escanaba's Ludngton Park. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
The day will begin with an introduction of the program and an activity designed to provide scientific foundations toward the program's overall goals. Students will then break into smaller groups and rotate through three separate pods. Each pod — journaling, drawing and science — will present opportunities for students to further the goals presented in the opening session.
Each session will be about 45 minutes long and include a 30 minute lunch.
The program allows further development of ideas beyond the field trip and allow teachers to pursue additional instruction in the classroom.