First-grade students made their annual trek to the Merrell Road Campus today for their Quarry exploration. Director of Outdoor Education Eddie Eason was on hand to explain the local flora and fauna to the students during a quick hike around the Quarry, while Lower School science teacher Laura Talbot manned the microscopes and showed students the scientific side of the Quarry.
During their nature walk, students got to see the hidden outdoor chapel, the chicken coop, Geodesic Growing Dome, and the vegetable planters tended to in part by the Upper School Environmental Science classes. They even got to see how the new potatoes were planted and learn about water filtration systems.
Back in the Louise Crespi Benners Courtyard, students scooped out samples of Quarry water and mud to examine under the microscopes where they could see the microorganisms moving that were not detectable to the naked eye. The students even got to see a Quarry crawfish up close and personal! The little guy had gotten stuck in the nets for the sample mud, and after the students were each able to hold him, he was released back into his natural habitat.
The weather was perfect for the first graders’ outdoor excursions today. Nothing better than learning about nature firsthand out in the sunshine!