Exploratories gave students new experiences

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 2/23/99.

Golf on lake Paynesville Area Middle School students had the opportunity to explore new areas last week as they held their first ďWinterĒ Exploratory Day.

Among the activities the students had selected from were indoor golf, rock climbing, ice skating, skiing, snow-boarding, snowtubing, birdhouse building, a snow adventure, touring the Titanic exhibit, going to the Science Museum and Omni Theatre, swimming at the Suburban Health Club at Waite Park, or watching the play ďTo Kill a Mockingbird.Ē

The rock climbers headed to Vertical Endeavers in St. Paul. The students found the walls were challenging, yet fun, and they are ready to try it again.

Tom Smith said ďRock climbing was fun. It was hard on your arms. I would go again.Ē Nick Binsfeld added it took lots of effort for some of the walls. He thought it was challenging.

Due to the lack of snow on various area trails, the snowshoeing turned into a snow adventure where the students roasted hot dogs over an open fire on First Island, then played golf on Lake Koronis.

At Powder Ridge, the students were able to receive lessons on how to ski and snowboard. On the tubing slope, the students had a choice of three different slopes to slide down.

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