On Wednesday, November 6, nine members of the 8th grade Team North Face, along with four student leaders and four Trekkers staff members, spent the afternoon of the early release day getting to know some of Maine’s most unusual residents, Rosie and Opal. Rosie and Opal are Indian elephants who spent their younger years in the circus and reside with us here on the mid coast at Hope Elephants in Hope.
We started the expedition at OSW with some icebreakers and teambuilding activities, then boarded Daisy for the quick journey to Hope. We listened to interesting presenters who told us fascinating facts about elephants, including the fact that elephants can communicate at distances up to 15 miles! We also go to see Rosie and Opal doing some of the physical therapy activities designed to make their “golden years” happier and healthier and to learn about the facilities in which they reside. We even got to see an elephant tooth! For most – if not all – of the students it was the first time they had ever seen elephants live and they were pretty impressed by their size and by all the interesting information the staff and volunteers at Hope Elephants told us about these mammals.
After our time with Rosie and Opal, we headed to Oakland Lanes in Rockport for some candlepin bowling. Some of the team had serious skills!
This daytrip was filled with new experiences, great learning and a lot of time for having fun and bonding as a team!