An Excerpt from Project Exploration’s Alina’s Blog:
Alina’s All Girls Expedition Reflections
So when I heard that one of my first work experiences with Project Exploration was to be a STEM Facilitator for All Girls Expedition a weekend camping trip at Glenhagen Farms in Princeton, IL, I was nervous yet excited. Nervous and excited to be getting away from the urban grind for a few days. Nervous and eager to experience time away from concrete and steel with my PE colleagues and 33 middle school girls.
Time to be in the moment
Time away in nature to laugh, play, and bond with each other was priceless. Time away to create memories such as a night hike with only the light coming from lighting in the distance guiding us along the way was priceless.
I learned from this trip that it is all about perspective and that we have tremendous power to create the moments we want. This experience could have easily been a glass half empty due to the inclement weather. However, together and with the amount of rain splashed on our tents, it was more than a glass half full (…of rainwater). I certainly filled up on laughter and bonding moments with the girls and my PE colleagues.
This expedition was a great solution to bringing about experiential STEM learning experiences for all of us.
It’s Harvest Time on the Farm:
An amazing weekend with “All Girls Expedition”:
We had the privilege of working with Project Exploration’s “All Girls Expedition” group with students from various schools around the Chicago area. Project Exploration provides an after school STEM education program and as a part of their program, PE brought 33 girls out to the farm to grow, experience, and explore creation. To say the girls had a blast and learned a lot is an understatement.
During their weekend visit, the girls enjoyed the beauty of creation at the farm through a night hike, day hike, scavenger hunt for animals and their habitats, exploration of the Big Bureau Creek, team building activities, nature crafts, journaling and reflection, campfires, camping, and so much more!
Our grand opening and open house:
A BIG shout out of thanks and gratitude from all of us at glenhagen farm retreat. We are thankful for the many people who attended our open house on August 4th. It was a wonderful celebration of where we have come and where we are heading.
We had a great turnout!
Enjoying some music during our ceremony.
Our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Princeton Chamber of Commerce.
Andy Tecson, Nancy Hagen, and Julie Portillo along with several members of the Chamber.