Semester 58 students recently went on the first field trip for their science course, Natural History of the Maine Coast. Destination? The Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area in Phippsburg.
“It’s the perfect way to start the course,” enthuses science teacher James Kary, “because you see every one of ecosystems representative of the Maine coast, from upland forest to salt marsh to rocky intertidal zone.”
At 180 feet above sea level, Morse Mountain is hardly an imposing peak. It’s the 500-acre conservation area as a whole, including a breathtakingly beautiful beach about a mile long, that makes the place memorable.
Field trips are an essential part of Natural History of the Maine Coast, and they’re not for the faint of heart.
“It was freezing-but really fun,” was one student’s summary of last week’s adventure.
The dress code was “Layers!” Everyone took notes and made sketches in their bright yellow science journals, famous among Maine Coast Semester alumni.