The Mast Landing and Harpswell Island School 5th graders as well as the Nashoba Brooks 8th graders arrived safely today. During their introductory tour Mast Landing students were treated to a rare sighting of a “flock” of ospreys flying overhead. These magnificent birds don’t usually fly in large groups, but one excited student reported counting 9 all together! Could the osprey migration, which is listed to begin mid-October, be happening a little early this year? This morning, while waiting for buses to arrive, the Outdoor Classroom instructors and I also watched what looked to be a turkey vulture riding the thermals way up high in the sky – lovely! Rocky Hill students had a chilly first night last night, but all instructors reported that students are doing well and enjoyed the warmth of the breakfast cooking fires. The forecast calls for warmer nights the rest of the week. They spent the day today canoeing, climbing in the barn, and doing our “gulch” raving crossing. The front porch of the Center for Environmental Education is alive with the hustle and bustle of fitting packs and rearranging gear. As late afternoon approaches, students are beginning to make their way out to campsites for what is sure to be a fun evening of outdoor cooking and songs and stories around the campfire!