Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Conventional wisdom would hold that it is a bad idea to invite 4th graders (actually, any kids) to the swamp on the day before Halloween. We're not sure what we are lacking (covention or wisdom) here at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest, but the 4th graders from Harleyville-Ridgeville Elementary School were model visitors as they toured the 1.75-mile boardwalk through the old-growth, cypress-tupelo swamp! Yesterday, the 5th graders from Harleyville-Ridgeville Elementary were equally as impressive.

During the water cycle Head of the Cloud activity and the Animal Tracks activity, the students were focused, observant and asking questions that demonstrated their critical thinking abilities. Along the boardwalk, the students were able to recall information from their visits in previous years as well as ask insightful questions relating to knowledge they had obtained earlier in the day.

After a fine job in the swamp, we and the Big-eared Bats (Corynorhinus rafinesquii) say, "Happy Halloween!"

Image by Mark Musselman

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