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Environmental Club Starts Summer Vacation with a Whale Watch

On June 26th and 27th, the UVCS Environmental Club began their summer vacation by traveling to the Boston, Massachusetts area as a reward for their hard work and dedication to the recycling program at Unadilla Valley. Mr. Jackson, along with able chaperones Teresa Anson, Mike Anson and Terri Jackson, guided 22 students through Boston.

The group began their 5-hour journey from the UVCS parking lot and went directly to the New England Museum of Science. The students were treated to a variety of interactive displays, experienced a lightning demonstration with the help of a 3-story Van de Graaff machine and immersed themselves into the “Amazon Adventure” via an IMAX theater movie. The afternoon included a “DUCK Tour”, a narrated tour of Boston from land and then by river, on an amphibious vehicle. The group then spent a couple of hours shopping at Quincy Market while enjoying the talents of street performers and sampling the wonderful cuisine in the food hall.

After adequate rest at the Motel 6 in Danvers, the eager group set sail on Capt. Bill’s Whale Watch Adventures from the harbor in Gloucester, Mass. This 5-hour excursion would excite all passengers on the boat as it powered its way into the Atlantic Ocean to the Bay of Maine. Our destination was a National Marine Sanctuary known as Stellwagen Bank. Its unique underwater geography provides a habitat for a variety of food sources, which attract the Humpback whales to feed during their summer visit to the Northeast. Sightings of breaching Humpback Whales, cruising Minke Whales and a close encounter with a Basking Shark provided an awesome experience for everyone onboard.

The Environmental Club would like to thank Sarah Anderson for her driving skills, the chaperones for donating their time, and the UVCS Board of Education for allowing our students to participate in such a memorable experience.

Article Courtesy of Mr. Jackson

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