Part two of our Deep Creek series (Read Part I) uses information provided by Lisa Ratliff at Wisp Resort. Wisp has partnered with Center for Adventure & Experiential Learning (CAEL) at Garrett College and the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) to connect students with nature and the outdoors through environmental education and adventure outdoor recreation experiences. Some activities are seasonal.
Deep Creek Student Activities
2. Gravity is Fun: Students ride the mountain coaster and record velocity and discuss effects of gravity. They learn to boulder on real rocks and explore the biomechanics of climbing (and falling). Finally, they hike down a mountain and discuss first-hand the geology and physics of mountain formation.
3. Orienteering: Using a map and compass, students navigate an improvised orienteering course in a diverse and unfamiliar terrain. Students learn classic navigational skills and how never to get lost.
4. Rock Climbing 101: Students learn the basics of rock climbing, including belay commands and gear, and perform a simulated climb while wearing climbing harnesses.
5. The Science of Snowmaking: How does Wisp Resort make snow for their ski trails? Visit the Control Center that has equipment used to check and control various pieces of equipment such as snowmaking machines, pumps, lighting, lifts, etc. Learn how the weather stations play an important role at Wisp.
6. Whitewater Rafting: Students raft the whitewater course at ASCI in guided 6 person rafts. The experience lasts 2 hours, including 20-30 minutes of outfitting and orientation. Students paddle through the course 4-7 times, surf the rapids and swim during the course of the trip.
7. Float Your Boat: Students construct boats from cardboard and other materials to be floated on a pond or pool. Program focuses on hydrology, engineering and teamwork.
8. Climb and Rappel Day: Students climb and rappel the natural boulders and ledges located in the Fork Run Recreation Area. Climbing, rappelling, and bouldering experiences.
9. Total Team Spirit: A classic team building experience utilizing a series of individual challenges and activities that have been designed using the Experiential Learning Model to elicit certain outcomes. Activities will involve props such as ropes, balls, swim noodles and portable and/or permanent structures (high and low rope courses).
10. Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center: This interpretive environmental center allows students a hands-on experience with the natural resources of western Maryland. Put your hands in a black bear paw print, touch fossils from times long gone, and peek under a microscope to learn about Deep Creek Lake’s underwater ecology.
11. Simon Pearce Glass Blowing Co: Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of how this international company blows glass into beautiful pieces.
13. Swallow Falls State Park: Take a hike to Maryland’s highest waterfall at Swallow Falls State Park.
14. Campfire with S’mores: Relax after dinner with an evening campfire. Tell stories of your day’s experience, roast marshmallows, and enjoy a s’more.
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