Cape Cod, whose wild beauty has fascinated scientists and artists alike, whose history is a microcosm of American History, is our home, our own community, and our classroom. Beginning in sixth grade, when science classes make site visits to learn about plant and animal life in the different Cape ecosystems, environmental studies are an essential part of the curriculum. Our faculty take every chance to broaden their own horizons and those of their students - a whale rescue in Wellfleet or a Moliere play in Boston make great reasons to set off in the vans and find out more about the world. We're lucky to live in a place so rich in natural and human resources, and our Community Resource Partners add immeasurably to the education we offer. Some recent examples - this year's seminar studying the birds of Wing Island under the auspices of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, and our collaboration with Big and Small Puppetworks and the Orleans Council on Aging to produce Two Old Women, a puppet production based on the Athabascan folktale of intergenerational connection.
CCLCS students have many chances to see how they can make a difference on the Cape. Activities and seminars often focus on community service, with students helping out in innumerable ways, planting and tending the garden at the Massachusetts Council for Prevention of Cruelty to Children, volunteering time at the Salt Box preschool, hauling in hundreds of pounds of garbage at the annual Coastsweep event at Nauset Beach.