CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) is designed to bring students outside their comfort zones! Seeing and doing brand new things and then having the once “new” become “the familiar” allows for real transformation and growth. We see it over and over again. It is always incredible to witness students broadening their perspectives and becoming more aware of themselves and the world.
Traveling is an integral part of CELC’s program, having no fewer than two extended travel components during each academic year. This year CELC’s year-end adventure took the group to Cape Cod National Seashore and to the University of Rhode Island’s W. Alton Jones Environmental Education Center
Instruction throughout the year incorporates a theme; the theme for 2015-16 is Exploration and Discovery. CELC’s extended travel adventure, incorporating this theme, brought students into new and varied environments, from whale watching at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary to an archeological dig at a site of an old farmstead, from decoding messages using the Enigma Machine at the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center to sharing s’mores over a campfire – lots of exploration and continued discovery!
Here are some of the students’ journal reflections from this trip:
I’ve learned many things this week, including the fact that bugs are already out! I’ve also learned that even if something that you want to do is scary or uncomfortable, you should do it anyway, unless it is actually dangerous, then don’t do it!
– J.D., first-year CELC Student
To start this journal entry, I would like to start from the end of the day. As we all settled down into our beds, our eyes closed a deep shut, we fell asleep. Before our sleep, we all got to have the pleasure of toasting marshmallows! All the creamy, gooey deliciousness of marshmallows made us feel a mix of joy and fullness!
– S.B., third-year CELC Student
Today we went whale watching, and it was quite beautiful. The whales were gliding through the water very gently. We encountered some people on the boat who were speaking Russian, and I could understand what they said – they were talking about how pretty the whale was.
– G.C., first-year CELC Student
It has been a wonderfully spectacular three days! We have learned and seen so many new things! What I am most grateful to take out of this trip is to conserve much food this year.
– C.M., second-year CELC Student
Today we went whale watching! Even though we didn’t see very many whales – just two fin whales – I loved the feel of the boat traveling over the waves and through the water. The boat ride was pretty long – three hours in total, an hour and a half each way. I loved spending time with the CELCers, even if it was sometimes hard to hear each other over the sound of the wind!
– S.H., third-year CELC Student
It has been a wonderfully amazing beautiful trip. Today is our final day, and I believe this trip had a lasting impact on me. Perhaps it is to accept change with open arms. Moving around on this trip has made me more flexible towards changing environments.
– C.M., third-year CELC Student
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