Leadership Program


It’s hard to imagine deliberately dumping your canoe into a chilly fall pond, or willingly swimming across a raging rapid--unless you’re a Cabot 8th grader! Promoting youth leadership, team building, and environmental stewardship, Cabot’s program with Siskin Ecological Adventures fosters invaluable growth opportunities for young people. Inspired by programs like Eco and Earthwalk, we’ve established a deep collaboration with Siskin Ecological Adventures that focuses on hands-on, inquiry-based science activities.

As part of the Siskin experience, 7th and 8th graders participate in a series of adventure-based workshops that promote individual responsibility, build confidence, teach local environmental ecology, and provide students with technical outdoor skills. This includes outdoor orienteering activities, service learning projects, investigations of the health and sustainability of local ecosystems. The canoeing portion of our program helps young people learn to manage risks in a safe, exciting, and supportive environment. The Cabot/Siskin leadership curriculum culminates with a two day paddle and overnight camping trip in the spring.

This year, we’re piloting a weekly program with Siskin designed to explore and demonstrate how curiosity, inquiry, perseverance, and evidence-based decision-making are qualities possessed by scientists. Most lessons will combine an indoor lesson and an outdoor investigation. Throughout the series, students will work independently and in small groups. Science lessons and investigations will incorporate art, math, and history. We’re really excited to integrate the Siskin experience in our core weekly program!
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