BPMS students invited to take a pair of hikes

Broadalbin-Perth students entering grades 7-9 are invited to join science teacher Michael Nacheman for a two-day hiking enrichment program, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 18-19. During this mini-course — which is being offered free of charge for all interested students — students will learn basic wilderness survival skills as they record observations about their natural surroundings. The deadline to register for the mini-course is noon on Monday, July 17, and registration is limited to the first 15 students to complete the registration form.

On Tuesday, students will hike 2.4 miles to the Spruce Mountain Fire Tower, and on Wednesday, they will hike 3.6 miles to the Hadley Mountain Fire Tower.

During the hikes, Nacheman will teach them about orienteering, shelters, water, firemaking, and keeping a positive attitude as essential elements of wilderness survival. Students will learn to identify native plans and animals, and they will keep journals of their findings and observations. They will also learn about the history of the two fire towers and compare and contrast the towers they visit.

Participating students should bring plenty of water, as well as a bagged lunch. They are also expected to wear clothing and footwear suitable for hiking.

Students will meet at the B-P High School gymnasium at 8 a.m. each day to get on the school bus that will take them to each mountain. On Tuesday, students may be picked up at the BPHS gym at 3 p.m.; on Wednesday, pick-up will be at 4 p.m. Remember: Parents must enter the Broadalbin campus from the Bridge Street entrance; the Pine Street/Route 126 entrance near Patriot Field is closed because of ongoing capital construction.