For the second year (therefore, a tradition),
I joined the 1st graders of Farm Life School
for their end-of-year day of adventure.
It began in the cafetorium with a neat rock
and mineral presentation by Jims and Gems.
Immediately afterward, we took to the
nature trail. Each of the four classes got
their own private tour.
|Underneath Old Man Poplar. Still standing!|
|Smiling faces tell it all. |
Hard to beat an outdoor classroom.
|Sharp-eyed Mrs. Cameron finally spotted what she|
had been looking for. Everyone else had been looking
for snakes on the ground. She was watching the trees.
Can you spot our arboreal friend?
|How about now?|
Isn't it a beauty?
|Its sleek, glossy appearance is a clue|
that it had recently shed its skin.
|Here, the students gather for a view of Big Rock,|
on the far side of the stream.
|We're at the halfway point of our hike. We've seen|
Old Man Poplar, the Slingshot Tree, Jack-Will-and-Tom,
the stream,Big Rock, and The Wishing Well.
Let's go check on that snake again.
|He had descended a little further down the tree, but|
still was too high up for me to attempt a capture.
Which was just as well, for we lacked the time for
a full-fledged snake show.
|Smile for the camera!|
|After I pointed out the danger of invasive|
kudzu, which can grow a foot a day and
threatens to overwhelm some of our native
plants, I enlisted the help of the students
to try to "straighten" Old Man Poplar.
|They put a lot of muscle into the task, but the|
results were inconclusive. Some day, Old Man Poplar
will call 911: "I've fallen and I can't get up!"
|Well, guys, you've been attentive and respectful.|
You've learned a lot about your nature trail. I think
you deserve a sourwood snack.