Earth and Sky with Washington Jesuit Academy

Have you ever wondered what the stars look like to other countries and cultures?  5th-grade students from Washington Jesuit Academy (WJA) in Washington, D.C. found out when they visited Rock Creek Park, a national park right inside the District’s borders. There, the students experienced the only planetarium in the National Park Service and learned what ancient African cultures saw in the stars. After the planetarium, they hiked through the woods, where they identified plants and listened for the sounds of hidden animals, then explored the Nature Center and met some of the living things that call Rock Creek Park their home!

Thanks to the wonderful rangers for this terrific day and to the Clark Charitable Foundation who made this field trip possible. Each year the foundation supports WJA’s participation in our Buddy Bison School Program. To learn how you can support a school, contact Maryann Kearns at, or call 301-279-7275, ext. 15.

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