Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Magnet Shreveport: geography class Coates Bluff Trail hike

Some 100 geography students and 4 parents took their first walk on the Coates Bluff Nature Trail today, said Caddo Magnet teacher Robert Trudeau.

They learned to identify the typical riparian items from our region:
hackberry, cottonwood and sycamore trees, Virgina Creeper and poison ivy, muscadine vine, armadillo burrows, canebrakes, fungi, egrets, turtles and a beaver lodge.

One group met a class of 4 year-olds from Montessori School for Shreveport. Teacher Jon Soul, developer of the trail, said they were "Looking for signs of spring."

Students will be composing essays on their experience next week.

"They adored it," said teacher Robert Trudeau. "These teens were excited to be able to identify flora and fauna and to be able to photograph themselves in the woods. There were smiles and laughter everywhere."

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