Day 4: Geology, Geography, & Fire Ecology

Trip Start May 30, 2009
Trip End Jun 07, 2009

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Teton Science School

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Geology, Geography, & Fire Ecology

This morning, we woke up to rain and much colder weather. The sky was overcast, without much of a chance for sunshine. Student packed their rain gear and extra layers in their bags.

For breakfast, we enjoyed scrambled eggs, potatoes, yogurt, fruit, and cereal. Then, we packed up lunches for the day, and split up into field groups.

The groups focused on rocks, fire, and ice today. We discussed the three different types of rock: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. Students used this information in the field, as well as in their discussions of how the Teton Mountain Range was formed. Students also learned about the role of glaciers. While in the field, students saw evidence of a fire. They learned about succession and the adaptations that different plants have to fire.

While staying on the Teton Science School Campus, we are actually located inside of the Grand Teton National Park. However, today we took our first field trip into the official gates of the park for a hike to two different lakes located at the base of the Tetons. Students were hiking very close to the mountains all day. All groups walked a minimum of five miles to both Bradley and Taggert Lakes. Some groups took a slightly longer loop around the park. Although it was raining, and the trails were muddy and covered in snow in some sections, students were great! The scenery was beautiful, even without the sunshine. The different field groups also spotted moose and elk.
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