Year 11 Mt Baw Baw Experience
The Year 11 Outdoor and Environmental Studies students went to Mt. Baw Baw last week for their Alpine Trip. 55 students explored the mountain summit environment on snow shoes and skied on the downhill runs, allowing them to compare the two activities and their associated impacts on the environment. This experience builds on the Lake Mountain day trip in Year 10 Outdoor Education and prepares them well for the Year 12 adventure to the Bogong High Plains for their snow camping expedition.
The Mt. Baw Baw region provides rich opportunities for the Year 11s to learn about the historical uses of the area as well as contemporary recreation, conservation and commercial activities that occur there these days. The Baw Baw Alpine Resort is currently investigating alternatives for its future operations given the uncertainty around snow with our changing climate – plenty of rich curriculum material for our students!
From the students:
“The Mt. Baw Baw trip was an exhilarating, eye opening experience that challenged me physically and mentally….”
“It was a great opportunity to get out into the environment and learn within a different ecosystem.”
“A personal highlight was climbing to the summit with many of my mates and teachers, and being able to overlook the whole of the mountain terrain.”
“It’s … peaceful and you learn more I reckon”