Homeschooling during COVID has presented a new challenge for families, and High Peaks Resort would like to help make the transition to remote learning a little easier – and a lot more fun. If you're looking for home school ideas, select a winter week to visit Lake Placid and create a fun itinerary with these sneaky educational ideas:
Science Lessons from Nature
The Wild Center
The Wild Center in Tupper Lake is a favorite attraction of ours, with innovative exhibits and experiences that help kids and grown-ups discover the natural world in new ways. So, it's no surprise that they're offering loads of cool digital learning experiences for students of all ages. Become a certified junior naturalist, and learn about insects, herpetology – the study of reptiles and amphibians – and much more. Explore the museum's indoor exhibits virtually to see what the museum's otters are up to, or dive into the Wild Center's School Programs Nature Lab and become a scientist!
High Falls Gorge
Witness the force and velocity of the Ausable River as it transforms from a placid stream into forceful rapids at High Falls Gorge in Wilmington. This natural attraction features the stunning power of water as it thunders through a narrow gorge. Get up close and personal with the water features and marvel at the wonders of the natural world when the Gorge reopens for visitors on January 1. Go snowshoeing on the trails and walk along the thundering rapids on walkways that follow the path of the river.
Lake Placid Olympic Museum
Learn about great moments in sports history at The Lake Placid Olympic Museum, just down the street from High Peaks Resort. Our hometown has the unique distinction of being a two-time Winter Olympic Game host city. From Eric Heiden's record-breaking speedskating wins, to the Miracle on Ice hockey match up, discover how these incredible moments helped put Lake Placid on the map. Suitable for all ages.
Adirondack Experience Museum
Learn about Adirondack history with the ADKX-tra Credit Podcast offered by the Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake. Nine episodes explore everything from transportation in the 1800s, to wolves and their relationship with humans. Listen on the drive to High Peaks Resort or on a walk around downtown Lake Placid. Great for upper elementary and middle school-aged students.
Phys Ed Heads Outside
Outdoor Winter Recreation Time
Take gym class outside! Go skiing, or ice skating, or sledding, or hiking. Winter in the Adirondack Mountains is not a time of hibernation, it's a time when the small alpine community comes alive. From ice skating on frozen Mirror Lake or the Olympic Speedskating Oval, to schussing down the slopes at nearby Whiteface Mountain, to going for a cross-country ski at Cascade Cross-Country Ski Center, there are myriad ways to get outside and burn off some steam after hitting the books (or screens)!
With a little bit of planning, some ingenuity, and a sense of adventure, you can turn your kids' remote learning into an experience the whole family will love. Book your week today and enjoy homeschooling at our resort this winter!