Sky Islands kicked off its tenth year this August! Students new and old alike participated in a week-long orientation where they learned about the school’s culture and community, toured the site and learned about the various projects we’ve done over the years, and became acquainted with each other through a series of icebreaker games. This year, as part of our ongoing Garden-to-Kitchen program, the focus was also on food and local food production, so students participated in a variety of activities designed to help them become aware of their local food system. To help with this, they were also treated to a presentation by guest speaker Dana Helfer from Rattlebox Farm. To top the week off, students also viewed the partial solar eclipse through a combination of special glasses, a projection set up, and even the shadows through the tree leaves!