To increase awareness of the human community
In addition to recognizing the ecological communities across the island, students and teachers further explore their human community. By interacting with groups at the dining table and in cabins or classes, students begin to value their place within a community and realize how one individual affects others.
To introduce students and teachers to a variety of habitats typical of a North Carolina Barrier Island
Many students have never visited the sound, salt marsh, freshwater pond, maritime forest or beach habitats. Being able to walk from the sound to the sea, in a matter of minutes, and see the complex ecosystems they learn about in school has a tremendous impact on students.
To apply classroom learning in a practical way
Students often find it difficult to understand how and where they can apply school subject areas outside the classroom. From the water cycle to plant characteristics, students make connections between what they learned in school and what they experience at Sound to Sea. Classes include interdisciplinary skills such as math to determine the biodiversity of the pond, drawing to understand zonation on the beach, or performing a skit to illustrate conservation of fresh water.
To enhance relationships between adults and students
Imagine students supporting a teacher as they traverse a balance beam at the challenge course. While interacting outside the classroom setting, students and teachers form lasting healthy relationships. From planning the trip, to working together in the dining hall, to sharing spaces in the dorms, the school group can unite as they pursue a common goal.
To stimulate personal growth--students develop a sense of independence and responsibility
For many children Sound to Sea is a first experience away from home for an extended period of time. In an atmosphere of support and encouragement, students help each other adapt to their new habitat, and individually begin to assume responsibility for their behavior and personal belongings. This contributes to the tremendous growth students experience at Sound to Sea.