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    Dave Cola 

    Director of Place-Based Education; River & Outdoor; Swim Coach

Grade Level Trips

Grade Level Trips, we call them Immersion Trips, are off-campus learning experiences that immerse students in the concepts and subjects they study. Each grade investigates a different part of the mid-Atlantic Tidewater region on a three-day immersion trip, conducting field research, exploring the region, and interviewing local residents to understand their history and the challenges they face today.

The immersion experience promotes environmental stewardship and, in many cases, fosters a deep connection to nature that continues long after students leave Christchurch.
Christchurch School is proud to partner with the following individuals, communities and services in its effort to introduce students to thinkers and doers and make each immersion experience more thought-provoking, meaningful and formative than the last!
(scroll to the bottom for the full list)

World Resources Institute
John-Rob Pool
Director, Ecosystem Services Initiative

Washington College
Center for Environment and Society

ACRE Investments
Chandler Van Voorhis

US Forest Service International
Matthew Edwardsen
Africa Program Coordinator, USDA Forest Service

National Geographic Society 
Robert Kunzig
Senior Environment Editor

Conservation International
Fred Boltz Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for International Policy, Center for Environment & Peace, Conservation International

CGAP/World Bank
Greg Chen

DC Lobbying
Matt Mullin
High Street Strategies

Richmond Lobbying

Sultana Educational Foundation
Chris Cerino

Echo Hill Outdoor School
Betsy and Andy McCown

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 

Old Town Alexandria

Chesapeake Bay Foundation 
Tom Ackerman
VP of Education

Chickahominy Native Virginian Tribe 
Wayne Adkins
Assistant Chief

Shenandoah National Park

Mountain Laurel Montessori Farm School 

Belle Meade Montessori Farm School

Mount Vernon Farm
Cliff Miller

Rosegill Farm
Alfred Scott

Local Solar Power and Politics

John Koonz

Rappahannock Oyster and Merroir

Something Different
Sarah Gill

Larry Chewning
local historian

Water Penny CSA Farm
Rachel Bynum
owner and farmer

Friends of the Dragon Run

Friends of the Rappahannock 
Richard Moncure
river steward

Belle Isle State Park

Waste Management
Chris Ball

Irvington Steamboat Museum
Eric Nost

Historic Christchurch

Dayspring CSA Farm
Charlie Maloney

Polyface Farm
Joel Salatin

Corbin Hall Farm
Ronnie Russell

Parrott Island
Gary Grabb

Pitts Lumber
James Pitts

Sherman Holmes
legendary local blues musician

Tangier Island Museum 
James Eskridge
Mayor of Tangier

Hilda Crockett’s Chesapeake House

Reedville Fisherman’s Museum 
Blaine Altaffer
board member

Tangier Methodist Church 

Tangier Combined School

Historic Williamsburg 

Historic Jamestown 
Mark Summers 

C and O National Park

Ruark Seafood 
Rufus Ruark
owner and waterman

Virginia Fish and Wildlife 
Bob Greenlee
fishery biologist

Port Royal Historical Society 
Cleo Coleman

Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant
Washington, DC

Lebanese Taverna
Washington, DC

Local Rappahannock Watermen

The College of William and Mary 

And the communities we investigated on our Immersion Trips
  • Deltaville
  • Topping
  • Urbanna
  • Hartfield
  • Saluda
  • Tappahannock
  • Port Royal
  • Fredericksburg
  • Remington
  • Sperryville
  • Shenandoah National Park
  • Tangier Island
  • Reedville
  • Chickahominy Tribe

Christchurch School

49 Seahorse Lane,
Christchurch, Virginia 23031