Canoe is a classroom this week for Goshen College students

There is a lot of “paddling” going on this week, involving Goshen College students, but it has nothing to do with behavior issues.

The students are on a five day canoe trip that started Tuesday morning in Albion in Noble County, and will finish Saturday afternoon in Lake Michigan.

Today the students stopped at the IUSB campus, to conduct a routine round of water testing.

“Trying to understand broader picture of what it means to, what a watershed is, and what goes into the water that we see and drink and use,” said Goshen College Senior Emma Regier.

The idea is to experience the watershed up close and personal. “What we’re teaching our students here you know there are no isolated actions, everything you do can have consequences or an effect on someone else, and that usually goes downstream,” said Tom Hatzel, Goshen College Program Assistant.

The trip is part of Goshen College’s first ever Sustainability Semester in Residence program.

“Well, last night got really cold, but besides that it’s been a blast, it’s been fun,” said Regier. “Just sitting and taking notes and listening to a lecture like you can learn some things, but it actually, getting out and seeing what’s going on outside is really good, especially for me, I’m a biology major.”


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