By Mrs. Kelly Bonde, Nativity Prep Teacher
On April 20, 2015, the 6th grade class ventured to one of the youngest of our National Parks, Joshua Tree. After setting up camp entirely on their own in the Indian Cove campground, the 6th graders, along with Ms. Wilkinson, Mrs. Bonde, and Mr. McGrath, took a tour of the desert terrain. Some highlights for the students were climbing on top of Arch Rock, getting to take pictures of Skull Rock, and making hotdogs and ‘smores alongside the campfire. Melanie D, a 6th grader, said that her favorite part of the trip was “climbing rocks at our campsite and getting to hang out with our classmates by the campfire…. It was cool seeing the different plants and animals in a new environment, especially the Joshua Tree.” After camping for one night, the class took a tour of the Visitor’s Center, visited another campground (Black Rock), and settled in for the three-hour drive home. For the majority of our students, this was their first overnight camping experience. Overall, it was a great bonding experience for the class, and they all successfully earned their Bachelor’s Degree in Camping from Nativity Prep!