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Two Rivers & Buffalo Cove: Pushing Comfort Zones, Discovering the Natural World

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Last week the 8th grade at Two Rivers Community School paddled canoes on the New River with Buffalo Cove staff discovering the ecological significance and wildlife diversity of the United States’ oldest river.

This week and next, the 4th and 5th grade classes will spend two days at Buffalo Cove Outdoor Education Center pushing their comfort zones and enhancing their classroom academics with experiential lessons. The partnership between Two Rivers and Buffalo Cove is a defining attribute of the Two Rivers student experience.

“Starting in the fall and continuing into the spring, Buffalo Cove serves as an experiential learning site for Two Rivers Community School. Students in grades 3-8 visit Buffalo Cove for 2-3 day programs where the classroom turns into the wilderness,” says Buffalo Cove Director, Nathan Roark.

Kindergarten through second graders won’t do an overnight, but will enjoy day visits. The Buffalo Cove experience covers all ten Outward Bound learning principles: self-discovery, the having of wonderful ideas, responsibility for learning, empathy and caring, success and failure, collaboration and competition, diversity and inclusion, the natural world, solitude and reflection, and service and compassion.

Founded in 2005, Two Rivers Community School is a tuition-free, K-8, public charter school based in Boone, NC. This year the school’s enrollment is 175 with openings still available. The Two Rivers curriculum challenges students in and out of the classroom.

Academics are at the core of every opportunity provided with the expectation that students grow in character and in intellect during their time at Two Rivers. If you would like more information about this story or about Two Rivers Community School, please contact Ryan Robinson at 828-262-5411 or email at rrobinson@trcsboone.org.



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