Each of our trips to the trail were designed with different goals in mind. The first time we ventured on the trail, we explored vegetation and tried to spot animals and had a picnic. We almost made it to the top, but tuckered out before the peak. The second time we went we explored the same vegetation and looked for how it had changed now that fall was upon us. In our exploration we found a good amount of trash and it became an impromptu, student initiated, class litter clean up as I lugged trash up and down the hill. We were (un)fortunate enough to find a plastic bag that we used to haul our findings out of the forest.
As we prepared for our upcoming adventure, we were in the dead of winter and the students had expressed concern over the lack of food the rabbits, squirrels, and birds might have during these cold, dry months. Remembering my family used to make pine cone bird feeders when I was a kids, I pulled out some pine cones I had stored away, so we could use them as a base and not add any trash to the forest.
All morning, we slathered the pine cones in vegetable shortening and rolled them in birdseed. When we arrived we spent the first hour of our hike sloshing through the forest hanging feeders with cotton string, some high, some low (for the rabbits, of course).
What did you learn at school today?