In addition to school trips that are available to students taking particular courses, such as the Huntsman Marine Biology trip to St. Andrews, New Brunswick every fall for senior biology students, or the Dance trip to New York City every spring, teachers will occasionally organize trips that are open to all students. Recent examples of this are the trip to Dublin and London in March 2016, or the 'Me to We' service trip to Ecuador in April 2015.
Costa Rica, February 15-22, 2017. A Biodiversity and Sustainability Eco-Educational Experience.
The goal of this trip is to educate students about biodiversity and sustainable living. Students will be exposed to various disciplines to witness, first hand, the importance of sustainable practices and how they are implemented in a variety of settings (low environmental impact physical activities, eco-tourism, conservation areas, sustainable agriculture, indigenous peoples and Costa Rican communities). Travel to Costa Rica will be provided by Marlin Travel, an Ottawa based TICO certified educational tour company.
(Wed. Feb. 15th- Wed. Feb. 22nd, 2017)
(area travelled in highlighted on the map in orange)
Day 1 Ottawa to San Jose (via Toronto):
Arrive in the capital city of San Jose in the afternoon, Costa Rican dinner and dance show and tour briefing.
Day 2 San Jose to Sarapiqui (heading north east):
Poas volcano tour, chocolate making workshop, guided nature night hike at Tirimbina.
Day 3 Sarapiqui to Siquirres (heading south east):
Transfer to Siquirres, EARTH University (banana and biodigestor workshop), flatwater kayaking
Day 4 Siquirres to Pacuare River Eco Lodge (same area)
Horseback riding, butterfly garden, tree planting and hiking to Pacuare sustainable Eco-Lodge.
Day 5 Pacuare River Eco Lodge (same area):
Sustainability tour, Interpreted Nature hike and teacher led sustainability discussions.
Day 6 Pacuare River Eco Lodge to Turrialba (heading south west):
Hike out of lodge, harvest the garden tour, “Cook like a Tico” cooking class and salsa dance.
Day 7 Turrialba to Alajuela (heading west):
School volunteering, coffee tour and farewell dinner.
Day 8 Alajuela to San Jose to Ottawa (via Toronto): Animal Rescue Center visit and volunteering, Costa Rican craft market and depart San Jose for Ottawa (arrive after midnight)
* All activities are subject to OCDSB approval and meet OPHEA guidelines.
Trip Supervisors: Mme. Marina Royo, Mr. Sean Manks, Mrs. Jennifer Pattison.
Portugal, North toSouth. March Break 2018
Wind your way along the Atlantic coast and experience the cosmopolitan flair of Porto and Lisbon as well as the rustic charm of rural Portugal. Culture and beauty merge in this warm part of the world. You will travel a path to Fatima that millions of Catholic pilgrims take each year and stand atop the cliffs of Cabo de San Vicente overlooking one of the world’s busiest waterways.