4th-Graders Combat Foul Weather With Positive Attitudes on Recent Coast Trip

A recent 4th grade trip to the coast is a great example of why we do what we do here at TEA.Students were challenged by rain, car travel and homesickness…but they still rallied, found the positivity, and had quite a bit of fun. Along the way they examined examples of erosion at Stinson Beach, spoke to a ranger about the slow and fast changes happening at Point Reyes, learned about the history of the mission system in Sonoma, and made the most out of campsite living through both sunshine and quite a bit of rain. 

Pivot! A 5th-Grade Pacific Coast Overnight Recap

5th-Graders rolled with the changes on a recent trip to the coast. Heavy rain sidetracked a hike and illness derailed an expert meeting, but that didn’t stop the crew from enjoying an exciting few days. All in all – quite a productive learning experience despite a few hurdles. Way to pivot, Thunder Cliff Crew! Check out this trip report and photo gallery from their crew leader, DC Larrabee.

A Chicago Immersion: Unveiling the Heart of America

TEA 9th Graders immersed themselves in the heart of America on a recent trip to Chicago. They explored the city’s rich history, culture and architecture through the lens of human geography, learning about the patterns and processes that shape cities around the globe.

11th-Grade Cultural Immersion in Costa Rica

This 11th-Grade TEA trip to Costa Rica was designed to provide students with a unique opportunity to experience a new culture, learn about sustainable living practices, and engage in meaningful service work. During the trip, students worked with ASOMOBI, a local NGO that supports women-led economic development initiatives. In addition to Spanish language immersion, students also participated in service projects at a women-run coffee and chocolate farm, learned about the local economy, ecology, and culture through guided tours and interactions with locals, and reflected on their experiences through group discussions.

Study of thermal energy, physical and chemical changes, and animal adaptations to extreme environments

8th-Grade students visited an active hydrothermal area in Lassen Volcanic National Park, where they identified the main features and learned about the chemical processes forming these areas. Students needed to think about the natural phenomena they were observing and tried to make sense of it! This tied directly into their study of thermal energy, physical and chemical changes, as well as animal adaptations to extreme environments.

12th Grade Expedition Debrief: Chiapas, Mexico!

In many places we can talk about ideas like indigenous rights and sovereignty, poverty, land-use, deforestation, the arc of civilizations, the cost of globalism, the complexities of immigration, and the impacts of isolation and destabilization. Chiapas is a story of all of these things, all of the time.

10th-Grade Exploration of the Rio Grande and El Paso

TEA 10th Graders just returned from quite the educational adventure where they learned about everything from our country’s immigration and border policies, to the impact climate change is having on the region’s water supply and the technology that’s being used to deliver fresh water to people.

Kindergartners Kick off Their “Food to Tummy” Project With an Overnight Trip to Area Farms

This past week, the Mt. Rose Kindergarten Crew kicked off their semester-long project with an overnight trip to the Grass Valley/Nevada City area. It was a farmtastic time for the Mt. Rose Crew to celebrate the start of all their kindergarten adventures and learn a whole lot about food and farms.

Ms. Steph’s Pre-K kiddos have been focusing on their 4 legged friends!

They talked with experts at the Pet Network, met Jackson the avalanche dog at Palisades Tahoe, and hosted an ER vet! Then they took action by holding a doggie treat bake sale to benefit the Truckee Tahoe Humane Society.

TEA 10th grade student places 2nd in nation-wide “Voices of Democracy” Essay Contest

We are so proud to announce that our very own 10th grade student, Cameron Tatara, has placed 2nd in this nation-wide contest with over 60,000 entrants. Please help us in congratulating Cameron on this well-deserved win!

Outdoor Skills for the Great Indoors

Our 4th-grade Crew Leader Carolyn Highland recently wrote this story for our blog and we’re proud to share it. She compares/contrasts our current reality to those she’s faced (with her students at times) in the backcountry. Seems we do have the experience we need to navigate confined spaces, food rationing and uncertainty. Thanks Carolyn!