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5th Graders to McDowell Environmental Center  

5th Grade GATE Field Trip

McDowell Environmental Center (Click link!)


WHEN:    Wednesday-Friday, November 6th, 7th, and 8th

WHERE:   McDowell Environmental Center, Nauvoo, Alabama

HOW:      Charter Bus

WHY:      Camp McDowell encompasses 1,140 acres of diverse forests, meadows, streams and canyons. This landscape is an incredible natural resource that serves as our classroom, rain or shine.  “The Mission of McDowell Environmental Center is to connect people to the environment, teach respect for the Earth and its beings, and to promote a commitment to lifelong learning.”        

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PRICE:  $250.00 per person includes charter bus fee, 12 daytime class hours, 2 night programs, 7 meals, 4 snacks, and 2 nights lodging.  

PAYMENT OPTIONS:  1) Pay in full with cash or check made payable to RES and note - Environmental Center at the bottom.  2) Make three payments of $75, $75, and $75 on September 17, October 1, and November 1.  I MUST HAVE PAYMENT IN FULL OR FIRST PAYMENT TO HOLD YOUR SPOT BY October 1.  Please let me know if you want your child to go but are not financially able to pay all or part at this time.  There are scholarships available and I want ALL to go who want to take advantage of this learning opportunity.  

MUST HAVES:  FORMS!  Elmore County Permission Slip, McDowell Health Form, McDowell Waiver (for trust swing class) and Chaperone Form (if planning to join the fun) are both due by October 1nd.  PLEASE get them in ASAP once received! I can not tell you what a difference it makes when you get the necessary forms in as quickly as possible. 


CHAPERONES: Male and female chaperones are needed for this three day field trip.  Price is the same for Chaperones.  If you LOVE being with children, LOVE the outdoors, and have a positive and encouraging outlook, please let me know you would like to join us! ;)


Be on the lookout!  Forms and sign-up information will be sent home with your child the first few weeks of school.  PLEASE get the forms completed and sent back to me as soon as possible. There is much to do to organize a trip like this and your timely response is a HUGE HELP!  



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Chaperone Link  



All chaperones attending over night field trips must complete a District Volunteer Application.  If you have been selected as a volunteer for an Elmore County School field trip, please click the link below.  Thank you.




Social Media FB Page  


We have a closed Facebook page for parents of RES GATE students.  Please ask to join our page to view links for gifted parents, photos of our activities and field trips, and reminders.  This page is used to share information and post positive comments to help improve our program for your children.  

Alabama Association for Gifted Children  


Please become a member of the Alabama Association for Gifted Children.  Follow the link below for the application to become part of the growing community supporting gifted children in public schools!!!



             Gifted kids often want to drink from the firehose of learning, but in many classrooms they are asked to sip from a trickling faucet.