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May 14, 2013

The morning began with a lecture on Marine Protected Areas with discussion between Dave (policy) and Ryan (ecology) as a way to emphasize that the attributes of a particular natural resource determine how it should be managed.  Since many species in marine systems travel 100’s if not 1000’s of miles as adults (or larvae), the protection of key breeding grounds (like coral reefs and seagrass beds) can have far-reaching effects. After a rousing discussion (yeah it was that great, says Dave O.), half the students went to Old Dan Bank and the other half to Triton Flats for more data…

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May 13, 2013

London. A wonderfully creative chaotic bustling beautiful city. Add the business of our class schedule and squeezing in as many shows as we possibly can and you end up with an incredibly hectic three weeks. Three weeks stuffed full of all sorts of arts and all sorts of great experiences that one can never forget.  Yesterday (Sunday the 12th), started off with a trip to Brick Lane to check out the Sunday market that is full of vendors of alls kinds. Every direction one turns they are surrounded by jewelery, foods from around the world, homemade sweets, headbands, bags, shoes,…

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May 13, 2013

The 2013 trip to Layton FL, marks the 47th year of the Goshen College Marine Biology program. HOw a school in Indiana began a program in the Keys is a long story – a key part of that story is the invitation by Del Layton (the Layton founder and mayor) for Goshen College students to sing at the Layton Baptist church.  The community was so impressed with the singing, that Del Layton invited Goshen to move its marine biology program to Layton.  (The picture to the right is after church, with each person pretending to be their favorite sea creature.)…

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May 12, 2013

With only hours before heading out to the wilderness, our group was faced with a very unknown but potentially crucial decision: what kind of canoes will we take on the water? While there are many different styles and materials to make canoes with, Wilderness Wind outfits their guests with only two options.  Our group had to decide between the bulky and sturdy aluminum canoes, or the light and nimble Kevlar canoes. Both have distinct advantages in certain circumstances, however our guides and the staff at Wilderness Wind agree that this is a highly unusual trip to be planning for. According…

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May 11, 2013

It’s School Day!

During our stay in Hopiland, we have been staying at the volunteer house at the Hopi Mission School, which was established by the Mennonite Mission Board in 1951. It currently houses classes from kindergarten to seventh, but there are hopes to open it to eighth grade in the fall. The long-term plan for the school is to open a high school as well. While staying here we helped out in classrooms for 3 hours on Tuesday through Thursday this week. We split into groups of 2 or 3 to assist the teachers in every grade and got welcoming hugs every day…

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May 11, 2013

Photos from Brett

The students are busy going to museums, concerts and performances. Taking full advantage of all London has to offer.  Brett Conrad has agreed to share some of his photos with you.  Enjoy!

May 11, 2013

The Wolf Pack

As we continue to help Wilderness Wind prepare for the canoeing season, the list of tasks has gotten shorter and shorter.  At this point, we are counting down the hours until we can set out in a canoe. Yesterday we went to Wilderness Wind’s second campground, “Lakeside.”  Lakeside is a small collection of cabins which Wilderness Wind rents to visitors, located almost a mile West on Lake Armstrong. The lake was almost entirely covered with ice, with only a 40-foot wide channel between the shore and the ice.  Two loons were fishing just off the shoreline. We arrived to unpack…

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May 11, 2013

This morning we walked across the road to Keys Marine Lab for our chartered snorkeling trip to the reef (so we could be on one boat together).  We left the dock around 9:45 for a full day on the water.  We started with a snorkeling visit to Coffin Patch Reef, so named because a ship was said to run aground on the reef releasing its load of coffins into the water!  The reef is about 6-7 miles offshore from the Keys and harbors a diversity of soft corals, large fish, sea turtles, sharks, and rays – all of which were…

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May 10, 2013

Living in Hopiland

We arrived at the Hopi Mission School in Kykotsmovi around 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4th. After getting some dinner at the Hopi Cultural Center, we had an orientation to the religious identity of Hopi from Eric and Jane Polingyouma. Our daily schedule for our time here usually included a lecture in the morning, helping out at the Mission school from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and another lecture in the afternoon, followed by dinner and group reflection time. Our lectures and field trips consisted of: Participating in mass and a feast day of a Navajo Catholic church, St. Joseph’s Hearing…

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May 10, 2013

First off, hello to our parents, and all the parents (in case your children have neglected to contact you).   Also,  Happy Mother’s Day! Now that we have been here for a little over a week we will soon get our blind confidence badges as we have become more comfortable with the city. So far we have gone some places and seen some stuff.  Some highlights include: Noah and The Whale, an indie pop group, live at The Palace Theater.  The lights were pretty darn cool, disco balls and all. We visited The National Gallery and gawked at the real life…

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