The Outdoor Education Program at Northland College invites students who are blind or visually impaired and in grades 5-8 to participate in Apostle Island School. Apostle Island School is an environmental education program aimed at providing youth with an outdoor experience to increase students’ awareness of both the regional history and the wide array of local resources of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and Lake Superior. Our students join a local school to create a larger group of middle school students. This is a great experience for meeting peers!
This two-and-a-half day excursion begins by boarding an Apostle Islands Cruise Service boat in Bayfield, bound for Stockton Island, home of base camp for the next two nights. During the course of the trip, students will work on developing cooperative skills, participate in group cooking, explore Lake Superior, discover the natural history of the region, learn about the geological formation of the region, and participate in a multitude of fun-filled games. Conditions on the island are rustic. There is no running water on the island. Participants will sleep in tents and “classes” will be held outdoors in all types of weather, so appropriate gear is an absolute necessity.
Students who will benefit from this experience are independent in self-care and able to participate in camp chores with minimal assistance.
The Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (WCBVI) will provide transportation for this adventure. Pick-up/drop-off sites will be determined based on student participation. WCBVI will be responsible for all costs affiliated with Apostle Island School.