Field Trips with Local Schools
Seems that school has just started, yet there are classes ready for a field trip. The 4th grade students from Montesano came out on November 2nd—36 students plus parents and teachers. Volunteers from the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust were there to welcome the group and share a very busy 3+ hours.
The bus arrived about 9:30 and before 10am the smaller groups were heading out north or south along the trail. Smaller groups mean each student has a better chance of seeing something special while we get to hear their special comments.
The groups tried identifying footprints on the beach, skipping rocks (can you really throw it clear across the river?), guessing the height of an alder tree, and stomping reed canary grass around the small plants.
Then came lunch under the shelter as the rain poured down; good timing on that! After lunch, the groups swapped directions and activities until it was time to get on the bus.
Students from Willapa Valley elementary came on November 15th to try all the trail discovery activities and more. The students helped prepare for new restoration planting. We plan to place native shrubs under the 14 year old trees from one of the very first restoration events. This will help control the reed canary grass and provide a greater habitat variety for the wildlife.
The actual planting efforts will be held in January 2018. Adult volunteers will be needed as the students often cannot dig into the gravelly soil of the flood zone. Please consider being a volunteer; use the form here or call us at 360-807-0764.