The highlights included a talk from the Shatz Energy Research Institute professor explaining such topics as offshore wind generated turbines and solar as energy sources for micro-grids, said Sisson teacher and trip organizer Michael Savarese.

Sisson seventh and eighth graders last month enjoyed amazing weather and experiences on California’s north coast. On the first day of their field trip, students experienced a full orientation and tour at Humboldt State University. The highlights included a talk from the Shatz Energy Research Institute professor explaining such topics as offshore wind generated turbines and solar as energy sources for micro-grids, said Sisson teacher and trip organizer Michael Savarese.

The Center for Appropriate Technology was also toured, where HSU students actively create and use sustainable/green technologies to live on their land and house, Savarese explained.

On the second day, students were met by an HSU graduate student. Together, they went tide pooling, then off to HSU’s marine lab in Trinidad to look more closely at some of the marine animals they encountered at the tide pools.

From there, the students were off to Patrick’s Point State Park to visit Sumeg Village, a Yurok Tribe ceremonial site, said Savarese.

“The trip ended with a visit to Lady Bird Johnson Grove to explore the flora and fauna of our giant coastal redwoods,” said Savarese.

To sum it up while walking through the Redwoods, seventh grader Keiran Boerger stated, “This is beautiful.”