Bradley/Taggert Hike

Trip Start May 28, 2011
Trip End Jun 05, 2011

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Geology, Geography, & Fire Ecology

After a night of snow showers, we woke up to a white campus.  However, the sun was shining brightly, and the snow on campus melted rather quickly.

For breakfast, we enjoyed breakfast burritos filled with eggs, cheese, and vegetables, along with fresh 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 Taggert Lake, which is located at the base of the Tetons.  Taggert Lake was formed by a glacier flowing from Avalanche Canyon.  As the glaciers emerged from the moutains they scraped out basins and dropped ridges of rock (called moraines) around the edges.  When the glaciers melted, water filled the basins and formed Taggert Lake.

Today, students learned that the Teton Mountains are the youngest range in the country.  It is even more unique because no foothills stand in front of its major peaks.  The range lacks foothills becuase it was formed in fault-block fashion from movement that occured at the base of the range along a zone of weakness called the Teton fault
Students were hiking very close to the mountains all day.
Although most of the hiking paths were covered in snow, students enjoyed the sunshine and the beautiful scenery.  Around Taggert Lake marmots were spotted, along with a chipmunk.
Students are currently enjoying free time before dinner. 

Tomorrow morning, we will eat breakfast on campus and load the bus early in the morning to head  into Yellowstone National Park.  We will arrive at Old Faithful and then explore more of the park.  In the late afternoon, we will board the bus, eat dinner, and the stop at Oxbow Bend, which is a spot in a quiet backwater left by the Snake River.  The Oxbow reflects Mt. Moran.  During and after the sunset, we hope to see an array of widllife possibly including sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, great blue herons, bald eagles, ospreys, moose, beaver, and otter.  We will return to campus tomorrow evening to rest up for our hike of the Snake River Bottom on Thursday.
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Lynda Kniepmann on

WOW! What amazing scenery...the mountains are stunning! Looks like everyone is having a great time. Love the great to see what took place each day. Have a great day at Yellowstone. Be ready for a little warmer weather when you all return!!

Frances Keating on

So jealous of the beautiful mountain views! The photos are wonderful, I bet the real thing is a million times better. It is fun to read about what you all are doing and learning.

Denise Thomas on

So beautiful! Looks like you are having fun and learning a lot. What a wonderful experience. Enjoy every moment!

Mel and Chris Fairchild on

Sooo beautiful! We are so jealous. ENJOY!!!

Beth thompson on

I love being able to live your trip with you as you go! It will give me so much to talk about with Sammie! I so grateful that all of you have gotten this chance to experiance this! you will remember this for ever! thank you teachers!!!

Kim Darland on

Thank you SO much for all of the pics and updates; so much fun to read about your daily adventures and see pictures of the kids! Looks like everyone is having a wonderful time; enjoy!

joan peters on

Wow, What a wonderful adventure for all of you. Ashley's grandma and grandpa Peters are envious.

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