Global Awareness Day 2016

Global Awareness Day at Eaglebrook School is a day where all students and teachers leave campus to explore the area around the Eaglebrook campus. Global Day 2016 was held on Thursday, April 21. Eaglebrook Sustainability Coordinator Matt McKelvey ’07 introduced what Global Day 2016 was going to be to the whole community. Watch that clip here.

The Third Formers were asked the question, “How does changing land use affect habits?” They traveled to the Quabbin Reservoir east of Eaglebrook and visited the McLaughlin Hatchery, where they learned about the Fish and Wildlife Department’s fish stocking program. Third Formers even had a chance to help stock fish in the Swift River. The group also did some trail service and learned about the construction of the dam at the Quabbin and its impact on animal habitats. See Third Form photos here.

Fourth Form students visited local farms and businesses in small groups to learn about sustainable practices. Some of the places the students went to were The People’s Pint restaurant in Greenfield, Mapleline Farm in Hatfield, Pioneer Gardens, the Bechtel Environmental Classroom at the MacLeish Field Station, and The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. In the afternoon the groups did an art project at an outdoor location in Franklin County. See Fourth Form photos here.

Leadership training was the goal of the day for Eaglebrook’s Fifth Form students. That group traveled to the Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center in Leverett, Massachusetts for team-building activities involving high and low ropes courses. See photos here.

Finally, the Sixth Form spent the morning cleaning up trash on the banks of the Deerfield River. They spent the afternoon rafting on that same river. See photos here.

Each year, there is a Global Day speaker after dinner. Caitlin Cleaver, Director of Science and Research at the Hurricane Island Foundation spoke to the school this year about her projects on Hurricane Island and her trip to Antarctica to research deep-sea coral. Watch the closing message from here talk here.

The Eaglebrook Global Day program asks students to take themselves out of Eaglebrook for the day and immerse themselves in the local community, with the ultimate goal of understanding the world around them just a little bit better.
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    • A group of Fourth Form students at Mapleline Farm in Whately, Massachusetts on Global Awareness Day 2016

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