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HCES Second Graders Earthscope Hiking Field Trip

Our second graders went on an exciting field trip in mid-October.  They learned all about animal groups and characteristics at the Earthscope learning Center on Monte Sano Mountain.  They learned about sharing the Earth with animals and others.   They participated in exciting learning centers and even got to identify over 20 different animal pelts that are local to north Alabama. 

After half the day spent in animal learning centers, the second graders got to hike down the mountain and participate in a nature scavenger hunt.  They learned all about Dr. Burritt's fabulous gift of many acres land donation to our city many years ago.  They got to see an old mining cave where Dr. Burritt stored goat milk for the children who were his patients at Huntsville Hospital.  Collecting scavenger hunt items was very fun and exciting. The boys and girls enjoyed the friendly competition.  They found heart-shaped leaves, persimmons, nuts, spiders, birds, coal, poison ivy, wildflowers, chipmunks, shagbark hickory trees, shelf fungus, sassafrass leaves and so much more.  They enjoyed counting the stairs on the way back up the mountain.   

The children, teachers and chaperones had a wonderful picnic lunch also.  After a fun day of hiking, several children fell asleep on the bus on the way back to school!    The  Earthscope hike leaders often say that our school has the most parent chaperones in the whole city!  We appreciate our involved parents!  We are looking forward to our next field trip in February to see "Mary Poppins" the musical at Huntsville High School!