In the first month of each school year, St. Margaret’s School takes time to allow each class to explore a section of the Rappahannock River, from its headwaters to the Atlantic Ocean. The experience introduces students to one another and educates them about the nature of the environment of which St. Margaret’s School is a part.
The 8th graders travel to the headwaters of the Rappahannock River in the Shenandoah National Park for an overnight camping adventure. They will hike the Appalachian Trail and study the ecology of the headwaters at the Rose River Loop Trail.
9th graders explore the river just above the fall line north of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Students camp overnight at Rappahannock River Campground, learn about the fall line, and kayak the Rappahannock River with the Virginia Outdoor Center. Virginia Outdoor Center requires a signed permission form from parents. To access the form, click here.
The 10th grade class will tour Wheatland Plantation, a historic home in Essex County. They camp overnight at the Wharfs on the Rappahannock. Students study ecology by going marsh mucking and studying water samples from the Rappahannock River..
Juniors travel to Smith Point in Reedville, Virginia, and set crab pots and dredge for oysters at Port Isobel. Through a Chesapeake Bay Foundation education program, they conduct field investigations of the marsh and tidal wetlands and canoe the Rappahannock River. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation requires a signed permission form from parents. To access this form, click here.
Seniors visit the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and enjoy lunch at Gloucester Point Park. Students go hiking and learn to use a sein net with a ranger at First Landing State Park. They stay over night in Virginia Beach, Virginia and commute accross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to visit the Virginia National Wildlife Refuge on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.