Field Trip to Haw River National Park

Today was an exciting day. Glamma and Lil Bit went on a class field trip to Haw River National Park in Brown Summit, North Carolina. I highly recommend this as a field trip for all students ages 6-12. We learned so much at the park.

We did not know what to expect but we were welcomed with open arms by the staff, and they were all so professional, friendly and helpful from the time we stepped off the bus, til the time we turned the corner and they were out of view.

When we first arrived, the staff, dressed like Rangers and ranger helpers, made sure we knew where to park and where the restrooms and water fountains were. They all introduced themselves by giving their first names and the animals they loved for that moment. The children got a kick out of that.

After safety and other instructions were given, the children were off in search of adventure.  The first thing they learned was about owls. Did you know that when an owl eats its prey, it cannot digest most of what it eats? Because of this, they form owl pellets.

The children got a chance to dissect actual owl pellets which were infused with bones, skulls, fur and whatever that other stuff was. It was disgusting, but the children had a ball.

Next, the children were on to playing the “owl” version of hide-and-go-seek, which helped them to understand how the owl uses its senses, mainly its eyes, to single out its prey.

What’s a trip to a National Park if you cannot dabble in “bug play?” Yes, after lunch, the children got to play with real like grasshoppers and crickets. They caught ants and other six-legged, two-winged, creatures.

We felt really special when it was time to leave. The staff made sure we were all packed and that the children were boarded. As we drove away, they stood on both sides of the exit and waved. The driveway is pretty long–when I looked back in the rear-view mirror and began to turn to where we could no longer see the staff, they were still waving goodbye to us. How cool is that?

I’ve added a few photos to share with you all.  You can watch the video on our YouTube Channel very soon. Make sure you give the video a #thumbsup and #subscribe to our channel. Thank you!

Tomorrow, we’re off to another state park. See you soon!


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