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Landmarks and Monuments:

Learning About a Community

Project compiled by the Learning Circle Students at The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa

mamba village
Mamba Village

Situated in Nyali, The Mamba Village is East Africa’s largest crocodile farm with over 10,000 crocodiles. Mamba Village is a very renowned tourist attraction in Mombasa. It combines crocodile farming, conservation, and ecosystem friendly quarry. Other activities within the Mamba Village are camel riding, horse riding and a unique "a la carte" restaurant specialized in game meat e.g. Croco-meat, Ostrich, Zebra, among other delicacies.

By Fatema Jagani

mount ashland
Mount Ashland

Mt. Ashland is a Ski and Snowboard resort in Ashland. It has been a ski resort for over 40 years. At around 7,500 feet, Mt. Ashland is the highest point in the Siskiyou mountain range. Its about 13 miles away from Walker Elementary School, And it takes about half an hour to get there. The coolest snowboarders there are: Jack Feinberg and Paul Reeder and the coolest skier is Gabe Young. We are the Vert Three. (Mark were telling the truth!).

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Mount Ashland



Sonet, Comer, Windsor and ArielRuns:

Blossum, Sonet, Romeo, Juliet, Wormhole, Windsor Chairline, Upper Juliet, Upper Romeo, Tempest, Winter, Bottom, Balcony, Ado, Pistol, Dream, Caliban, Bowl Shoot 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, Upper Balcony.


There are two Terrain parks one on Comer and one on Arial.


In the lodge you can get food, drinks, snacks, Sign up for lessons. There is a Mt. Ashland store that sells gloves, goggles, masks, hand and foot warmers there is also a bathroom.

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Mount Ashland

Rental shop:

At the rental shop you can rent equipment for the day. There is also a repair shop where you can repair your board and skis.

M.A.R.A:(mount Ashland racing association)

Mara is a ski program were you go up every Saturday and they give you tips on ski racing. One of the races are called the Shakespeare Cup.

Mt. Ashland ski program:

If you you are in 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grade you can sign up for the Mt. Ashland ski program. Every Friday for five weeks after school a bus comes and takes you up to the mountain. When you get there you ski/snowboard for a bit then you go to the lesson meeting area and you choose if you want a freestyle, Racing or all mountain lesson. In the racing lesson you learn how to race just like Mara besides in this its for both skiers and snowboarders. In all mountain you learn just how to ski the mountain. And in Freestyle you learn how to do tricks. The skill levels are Beginner, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced.

Click here to see photos from our ski trip:

fort jesus
Fort Jesus

Fort Jesus is a monumental piece of architecture built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. It has a museum that displays different types of artifacts from the era where Mombasa served as a transit point for the slave trade and commodities. Its interior comprises of torture rooms and prison cells where slaves were kept in captivity before being traded.

Weapons such as canons, which were used to defend the fort from invading foreigners as well as rioting locals, can be seen both inside and outside of the fort. By Fatema Jagani

bamburi nature trails
Bamburi Nature Trails

various animals found within. The trail was a result of an unusual attempt to rehabilitate a giant quarry. There is a large number of bird species, several hippos, crocodiles, antelopes and giant tortoise.

By Fatema Jagani

The largest animal sanctuary in Mombasa, Bamburi Nature Trail a large variety of animals. A walk around the trail is the ideal way to look at the


One of the big attractions in our town is the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Shakespeare is one of the 100 Best Companies to work for in Oregon (as selected by Oregon Business magazine).


Shakespeare has a Green Show every single year. In years past there has been a trick show and a dance show. But it really depends on what shows are available. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is known worldwide for the quality of its shows.

In its 61st year, the Tony Award-winning OSF produces Shakespeare, classic and modern plays in a season that runs from mid-February through October. Ashland has an active and varied theatrical community. Home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland is also the home of nine other theater groups, which perform a wide variety of productions, including musicals, comedies, and experimental theater, all year long. One amazing feature of the Shakespeare festival is the Elizabethan Theater. It is North America’s first outdoor theater. One classic Shakespeare play featured this year is As You Like It.


When I have been in the green show audience I have seen amazing shows. So if you come to Ashland, Oregon and a Shakespeare play is playing you should come and see it. The green shows are probably the best.

The green show is free. It is about the time of dinner-time so you are allowed to just bring your food and set on the grass or bring your blanket.


I have seen Anne Frank and it was one of the best plays I have ever seen. My class went there and we loved it. Even some of us cried. The actors were great and so was everything else.

It is great that we have this Theater and I hope you come so we could share it with you.


By Sabrina Scoggin


tennessee landmarks
Tennessee Landmarks

Students are working on various projects for our spring Learning Circles projects. One project is Landmarks in our area. Students will research various landmarks in our area.

One landmark that Logan is researching is Engel Stadium. He was unaware that we had a baseball stadium with such an impressive history. He will let you know more about this soon. The Lookouts stopped playing in this stadium in 1999.

In the meantime, here is a sneak peak from these websites:

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Tennessee Landmarks

Nicholas and our RAP (Really Academic People) gifted students worked on this project and found out that Chattanooga and Tennessee has many landmarks. They learned that we have many historical landmarks including the Cumberland Gap, Civil War Battle Landmarks, and the Trail of Tears forced removal of the Cherokee people from this area went right through Chattanooga and the surrounding area. Nicholas discovered that John Ross was a very famous Cherokee Chief and that Ross’s Landing downtown is named in his honor.

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Tennessee Landmarks

Other landmarks include the Tennessee Aquarium, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum to celebrate our transportation history, Ruby Falls, Rock City, and the Tennessee River Gorge. One of our best known landmarks is the Chattanooga Choo Choo which even has a song named for it.

Chattanooga is a beautiful city and is surrounded by mountains and the Tennessee River flows through the center of our downtown. Tourists from around the world come here to enjoy our history, food, culture, scenery, outdoor activities, and country music. Every Friday night one can go to Mountain Opry and listen to traditional Bluegrass music played by local musicians.

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Tennessee Landmarks

Luke and his team researched Rock City. There are signs on barns for hundreds of miles from Chattanooga to let tourists know they need to see Rock City a local landmark.

Rock City will amaze you ... it's in our nature!Located atop Lookout Mountain, just 6 miles from downtown Chattanooga, Rock City is a true marvel of nature featuring massive ancient rock formations, gardens with over 400 native plant species, and breathtaking "See 7 States" panoramic views. Take an unforgettable journey along the Enchanted Trail where each step reveals natural beauty and wonders along the woodland path. Experience the magic of Fairyland Caverns and Mother Goose Village. Rock City is splendid year-round; “Each season there's a new reason to visit!”

See this website:

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Tennessee Landmarks

Yu’all come and stay a while is a famous local expression but we feel strongly that you will not want to leave once you have visited our Scenic City of the South with its great history and diverse culture.

These websites will help you learn more about our town.

McConnell Elementary

Hixson, Tennessee

mombasa tusks
Mombasa Tusks

The Mombasa Tusks are symbolic representations of entrance into the heart of the Mombasa town. They were built to commemorate the visit of Queen Elizabeth to the town in 1952, lying directly on the path from the port to the town. Ivory was considered to be an exquisite commodity during the time, and in essence the tusks were meant to embrace the Queen and the British Empire into the town and within its social structure

By Fatema Jagani

the end
The End

We hope you enjoyed learning about the landmarks and monuments from the different communities.

Students working on our project.