I got to share a snippet of the 6th graders' Outdoor Lab experience yesterday. It was a gift to experience our students discovering nature, showing personal responsibility in their work in the cafeteria and with each other on the trails, and challenging themselves mentally and physically in what, for many, is their first extended stay away from home. I took a hike and learned about biospheres with one of our student groups, which was expertly led by two Dakota Ridge high school seniors. I also had lunch with all the students and meandered around the campus, taking in the experience. Aside from being a little tired (those bunk beds are not, what I hear, like the beds at home), parents can be assured that your kiddos are happy and healthy and will return with enduring memories.