The environmental component of the Valpo Surf Project has always been a natural extension of our surfing. Surfing puts us in intimate contact with the ocean and pushes us to learn about the forces that create the waves, currents, and tides that affect us. We also come to realize that, in enjoying the beach, we have a responsibility to care for it. That is exactly why the Valpo Surf Project has regular beach cleans of local beaches. Our environmental activities are all the more special when we get to give back to or learn more about La Boca Beach, where we surf every week.

Recently, we had the opportunity to learn about the animals and plants that share La Boca with us. On Saturday November 26th, we took our students to the ecological park La Isla, alongside La Boca. The park sits on the estuary where the Aconcagua River meets the Pacific Ocean. It has a trail that leads to various look-out platforms on the estuary. We explored that area of the park, with the help of our birding guide, Carolina. She taught us about the birds and plants that we saw, contextualizing it with the understanding that it is all part of a wetland ecosystem. She had us acting out animals, playing games, and getting excited about answering questions.

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Thanks to Carolina for being our guide, Sophia for organizing the excursion, and Middlebury College Schools Abroad for making the excursion possible!

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