September 20, 2019
September 25-27 – High School Backpacking Trip
Saturday, September 28 – Used Gear Sale
Tuesday, October 1 – Peak Oil Lecture and Discussion
October 9-11 – Middle School Urban Outing
Friday, October 18 – In-Service: No School
October 23-25 – High School Urban Outing
EA Hosts Lecture Series on Climate Change and Action
Explorations Academy will be hosting a series of lectures on energy and its impact on climate, presented by Sandy Lawrence, on the first Tuesday of each month (except November) at 6:00 pm. Please join us on October 1 in the Rookery for the first of these lectures. Each lecture will include a question and answer period. These events are open to the general public. Please spread the word.
On October 1 we present: Petroleum & Peak Oil
“From an economic analytic point of view, the peak of petroleum production, both oil and natural gas, will clearly derive less from a negative supply shock than from a negative demand shock. The first driver here is the progressive electrification of the economy, including transportation, both vehicles on the ground and quite soon aviation as well. The other imperative is the decarbonization required to stabilize and repair the climate. Finally, it can be demonstrated that, contrary to popular belief, the United States is still a net importer of crude oil, in spite of directional drilling and hydraulic fracking. This should amount to quite a fascinating discussion.”
Sandy Lawrence is a retired physician and former associate professor of medicine from California. He has been interested in environmental issues since his undergraduate days and gave his first public presentation on energy issues–a lecture on nuclear power and weapons–while still a resident in San Francisco. He and his wife live north of Bellingham in a PassivHaus-certified home completed in 2019.
Middle School Return
Middle school students enjoyed some outstanding weather on the Baker Lake Trail last week.
Blisterama is EA’s unique, teen-powered fundraising program. Our student teams get hired regularly to help out with yard work, moving, and other odd jobs. We have open spots for both students and parent chaperones at a few upcoming events. This is a fun and simple way to contribute volunteer hours towards the school. If you or your neighbors have a big job coming up, consider hiring our team to tackle it!
Still Accepting Gently Used Gear for our Big Sale!
We are still looking for donations of used sports, adventure, and camping gear. This is our first fundraiser of the year, and all sales will benefit EA. You can either donate items outright or contribute them on consignment. There will be a bin in the office for donations, or you can contact Liz through text at 206-384-0771 for pick-up. Refresh your gear supply while supporting our incredible academic programs! We are also looking for a couple of volunteers to assist with this event.
International Expedition Packets Out Soon
Staff is working hard to compile details and budgets for both middle and high school international trips. Expect these packets, along with application materials, to be released at the end of the month.
Honoring Our Student Birthdays Days at EA
We love the chance to honor our students on their birthdays by gathering the school community into the Commons to sing our special birthday song. Parents, we invite you to bring treats to share with other students on (or near) your child’s birthday. While we have a calendar to keep track of birthdays, a reminder to your child’s advisor never hurts. If you choose to bring treats, please plan for at least 40 students and consider vegan and gluten-free options.