Woo-hoo for impromptu field trips! As part of our curriculum, we're doing a unit on rocks and geological structures. Our neighbor happened to be driving along and passed this awesome mini-Grand Canyon the other day, so we loaded the boys up and took a field trip.
Before the field trip, though, came the studying. At a garage sale last year, I stumbled across a retired science teacher's collection, and picked up containers with igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary specimens. These are great for hands-on learning, and similar to the ones found from American Educational Classroom.
We pulled into the area, and headed down the trail. The youngest wasn't too sure about this thing, but the older boys were quick to tie the rope and rappel down the side of the cliff!We left the other adult behind (actually, she volunteered) with a cell phone....in case of emergency.
Down in the canyon, we began exploring the different layers of rock (correctly identified as sedimentary) and hiking up and down the canyon bed.
Some parts were more fun than others. I believe what I called out as I fell waist-high in water was something along the lines of "this is a terrible idea!!!" It was cold. And SO gross.
We continued to explore, enjoying the afternoon and the beauty that we had overlooked for so long.
The older boys climbed up and down as many rock faces as they could find, while the youngest and I stuck to exploring the shallow waters and crevices.
And if you thought getting down there was fun, you should've seen us trying to get back up!!! With wet mud boots and no footholds in sight, the boys had to each grab a leg and hoist me up (after I got the youngest back up). It's a good thing they practiced all that knot-tying at Cub Scouts! And no, there are no pictures of me trying to climb back up...
Would you like to see a video from this hike? The boys (who finally demanded "cool" nicknames) have started their own site with crafts, activities, and videos. You can see their first field trip video journal over there!