Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Timberwolf Trail - Week 32 - 2016-17 Edition

I am not sure if we will ever see the sun again. It has rained for what seems like 100 days in a row. However, the clouds and rain don't dampen the enthusiasm of nature kindergarten. Today, we searched our land for fungi.

After reviewing decomposition and connecting how fungi "use" fallen trees in a more positive way than how invasive species use the land, we went for a fungi walk. I asked the students to yell, "There's a fungus among us!" whenever they found one.

They yelled a lot.

We found mush more than fungi. Even in our outdoor classroom for the last 170 school days, we still find more every day. Today, we found oak apple galls (something I had never heard of), an American toad, a new fallen tree, a huge "jackpot" spot for garlic mustard, and even golf balls.

We also found and described trees that were at different levels of decomposition. We noticed the new fallen tree was already pretty hollowed out and much of what had fallen was already well into the decomposition process.

Hard to believe there's' only a few more days with these budding naturalists left. We will certainly enjoy every minute of it.  And maybe, just maybe, the sun will finally joins us!

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