We packed up 18 adults and 70+ middle schoolers yesterday and headed to the wetlands. Prayers flew heavenward that the promised thunderstorms did not make an appearance for the next few hours.
Magic. Just magic!
Time slowed down a bit; no technology crossed the hands of said middleschoolers. Adults carried cell phones and that was it.
Students hunched themselves over devices designed to test salinity and turbidity, along with acid vs. base. One set of readings at the beginning, one set at the end, and proof materialized to prove that watersheds did indeed clean the water.
Snakes slithered and coiled themselves; dragonflies hummed and buzzed. Heron swooped down in search of lunch. Frogs peeped and croaked, while turtles sunned themselves.
Hot and heavy arguments....in whisper form....ensued over whether we viewed a marsh vs. a bog vs. a swamp. All three could be found here.
Why the whispers? We all knew that loud voices sent the wildlife scurrying.
Circle of life moments stunned students as they witnessed a crayfish devour a tadpole, with the consensus being that a tadpole was way too cute to be that crayfish's dinner!
Indes cards crammed with notes and reference photos helped identify what we saw....which type of turtle were we viewing? If only the darn thing would stay still.
Two hours later we headed back to school and our digital world...all of us, adults and students alike, tired but happy.