What better way to help bring Newfoundland’s rich history and culture to life than an overnight trip to Woody Island! There, students can step back in time as they experience the environment of a small outport community. Learning activities are limited only by your imagination.
On a walking tour of Woody Island, students will be able to experience first-hand how the people of outport Newfoundland lived and observe the ruins of churches, schools, houses, and wharves. Explore the three small graveyards located there. Visit the Store Loft Museum. See how many of the over 100 artifacts and collectibles your students can identify and then learn their use.
Chat with some of the local fishermen, many of whom once lived year-round on Woody Island. Play some of the games that were the main pastime for children growing up in outport Newfoundland. Participate in an Outport Relay Race, (coiling rope, casting nets, dory race, etc.) or a Scavenger Hunt (sand dollars, sea urchins, skates wings, etc.). Experience the past through traditional music, learn a traditional dance, try your hand at the spoons or the “ugly stick” and feel free to take along your own music.
A trip to Woody Island offers teachers the perfect opportunity to get their students out of the classroom and into the natural environment with various Eco-systems, including:
Woody Island Resort is an example of an entrepreneurial vision come to fruition.
Following the resettlement of the island in the early 1970s, only seasonal fishermen and those with summer homes were able to return for extended visits.
The Resort began with an idea, followed some painstaking years later by the main lodge, and has grown to encompass four buildings, including meeting and dormitory facilities.
During the trip and back in the classroom, students can be challenged to consider the difficulties the owner may have encountered, to suggest ideas for improvement and expansion, to anticipate obstacles and devise marketing strategies.