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Photo Bomb: Peruvian Amazon Trip

For six Academy at the Lakes’ students, summer vacation included the adventure of a lifetime.

The students, ranging from Grades 5 through 10, traveled with their families as part of Academy at the Lakes’ Amazonia Expeditions group, spending eight days deep in the heart of the Peruvian jungle. Amazonia Expeditions is owned and operated by Academy parents of alumni Paul and Dolly Beaver (daughter, Stephanie ’14).

Opportunities during the trip included zip-lining through the rainforest canopy; swimming in the Amazon River; fishing for piranha; hiking through the jungle; learning about medicinal plants and Peruvian survival skills; hunting for poison dart frogs; and visiting a local village.

Said Jordan Witt ’20, “My favorite part of the Amazon trip was seeing the way of life of the animals and the people that lived there.”

Julianna Rogers ’21 added: “I loved swimming in the Amazon River because I felt so daring! I never do things like that!”

Sarah Witt ’21 said: “I felt like zip lining in the Amazon was a once in life time experience.”













For more information about how your family can join Academy’s 2015 trip to the Amazon, contact Science Department Chair Colleen McCormick at

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