Lower School Siempre Verde News

Meet the Chaperones • Upcoming Meeting • PASSPORTS • MORE!

Our Adventure Begins!

It is hard to believe that it is time to begin preparing for our journey to the cloud forest! In this bulletin, you will find information about the trip chaperones, final student list, choosing the right pair of hiking boots, and details on an upcoming informational meeting. We are so excited!

-Mrs. Mracek

*Trip Meeting*

Thursday, Feb. 25th, 1-2pm

4075 Paces Ferry Road Northwest

Atlanta, GA

Please join us for an informational meeting where we will discuss the packing list and additional trip details! We will meet in the inGen Studio (LS Room 108). Please RSVP below.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Meet the Chaperones!

Our Travelers:

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Packing Time!

*Soft-Sided Luggage ONLY*

Please note that all gear should be packed in a backpack, duffle bag, or a similar soft-sided piece of luggage. Wheeled duffle bags are OK to bring!

(Here is a link to the wheeled duffle bag that I will pack!)

Shopping for Hiking Boots?

Many of you are starting to hunt for the perfect pair of hiking boots. You will want to get these soon and begin breaking them in. I always allow for a good month of wear to break in a new pair of boots. As you are shopping, please select boots that are comfortable and will get use after the trip. I recommend the following:
  • Hiking "boot" instead of a "trail/running" shoe
  • Waterproof boot (not "water resistant")
  • High/low top (your preference!)
  • I have worn Vasque and Merrell boots and would recommend either brand.
  • Visit REI during a community sale (for members only). They often have boots that have been gently worn but sold for discounted prices. (This is how I got my favorite pair of boots!) Their team members are extremely kind and knowledgable about trekking around the globe.


PASSPORTS: It is time to apply for a US passport if you or your child do not already have one. If you have a passport, check the expiration date. Your passport must be valid for more than six months after our return date.

VACCINES: All travelers should be up-to-date on age required vaccines (including Hepatitis A). The CDC recommends that travelers visiting various parts of Ecuador to take typhoid pills, however this is optional for our trip. We will be in very clean and safe parts of the country, but we leave this decision up to parents.

Capturing Clouds: A Trip to Siempre Verde