MCHS teachers, Lori Mack, Lisa Taylor and Kane Kashouty chaperoned 44 students from their Biology, AP Biology, Human Biology, and Creative Writing classes to the National Museum of Health and Medicine at Walter Reed Army Hospital and to the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C.
At NMHM, students had the opportunity to view a number of interesting and unique exhibits including the impact The Civil War had on surgical techniques, the evolution of prosthetics, the advancements in trauma care, facial reconstruction procedures, and the global devastation of the Influenza virus in 1918– just to name a few.
Afterwards, they toured spectacular exhibits at the United States Botanic Garden. Rooms were categorized by climate, species, and uses. For example, the desert room with cacti and succulents, a tropics room which included a cat walk through the canopy, and the stunning and fragrant orchid room filled with orchids and bromeliads. There was also a room that focused on plants that have adapted and formed relationships with other species in the environment and even a room that housed plants that we use commercially for food and medicine.
It was an amazing experience for our students– some of whom took their first trip ever to Washington D.C. or even more remarkable, their first trip outside the state of Virginia!