The 5th Grade at Green Vale reached new heights during their first field trip for the 2023-24 academic school year to Wild Play at Jones Beach. While the name suggests a certain kind of unorganized free-for-all, this trip was anything but chaotic.
Known for their aerial series of suspended adventure courses that engage both mind and body by encouraging teamwork, Wild Play promises to “release your original human and change the course of your life through the thrill and challenge of adventure”.
As leaders of the Lower School, our 5th Grade students were undoubtedly up for the challenge as they completed 2 course levels that became progressively more challenging. As they continued to conquer wobbly bridges, cargo nets, rope swings, ziplines, and swinging logs, they also built stronger social connections, team commitment, problem-solving abilities, as well as a giant boost in grade morale.
“It was wonderful seeing students work together to navigate the courses and conquer fears,” said GVS 5th Grade teacher, Ginger Moriello. “Students were cheering each other on–it was really an unforgettable experience!”
At Green Vale, field trips are an extension of the classroom, deepening the connection between learning and real-world experiences. GVS 5th Grade student, Billy, added, “We practiced team building so that we can work together as a unit–trusting and supporting each other, as well as respecting one another’s individual differences.”