Field trip with Midnight Petroleum

High School Field Trip with Midnight Petroleum and Esso

Submitted by Jannell Scott

Jezelle Zatorski helping students identify fossils.

Thanks to Midnight Petroleum, the experiential science class at Diamond Jenness High School in Hay River celebrated the end of the school year with an overnight camping trip to Kakiska. Kakiska is a small yet beautiful area located in the South Slave Region of the Northwest Territories. The teacher of this class, Kelly Webster organized a trip with her Indigenous students for a day filled with archeology and science. Jezelle Zatorski, Lisa Duncan and I all had the pleasure of engaging with the students and teaching more about archeology, outdoor survival skills and petroleum products.

Diamond Jenness students learn how to set up an excavation site.

We had the opportunity to stay at an Elder’s home and enjoy our fair share of freshly cooked pickerel and assisted the elders in preparing, cleaning and cooking for the class. We even participated in a round of survivor that tested students on some of the content they had learned in class. As a thank you gift, Esso provided fire-starting kits for each of the kids, as well as water bottles, hats and fish hooks.

 

 

Students stay hydrated with Esso water bottles.

 

Thanks to Midnight Petroleum for assisting the group with fuel cards for transportation. It will be an experience that these students will never forget!