Summer programming, less intensive than school year programming, for elementary and middle school students includes a half day of training in City Park, and a full-day field trip to Fontainebleau State Park and Lake Pontchartrain in Mandeville.
Elementary School (Rising 3rd - 4th Grades):
The Choctaw Way - An Introduction to Archaeology
Day 1: Scout Island and Couturie Forest, City Park New Orleans.
Participants travel in canoes across the Scout Island lagoon to Couturie forest, where they practice team-building through initiative games, and learn about how the Choctaw Indians lived off of the land. They use clay to create Choctaw artifacts, which LOOP staff collects and lets dry.
Day 2: Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville
Participants walk the boardwalk trail, "fishing and hunting” as the Choctaw did. They unearth artifacts on Choctaw Beach, and swim in Lake Pontchartrain.
Middle School (Rising 5th- 8th Grade):
Day 1: Scout Island and Couturie Forest, City Park New Orleans
Participants learn basic canoe safety and paddling techniques in the lagoons around Scout Island. They work to develop soft skills as a group working through initiatives and playing team-building games.
Day 2: Cane Bayou, Mandeville
Participants canoe a little over a mile through cypress swamp into fresh and intermediate marsh, as they make their way to Lake Pontchartrain, where everyone climbs out of canoes to swim and fish in the lake.