|Posted by Susan Herriott on July 9, 2011 at 7:08 PM|
In keeping with this year's theme, "It's Our Community, It's Our World," we had our first field trip today--a nature walk at Indian Pond hosted by the Friends of the Hackensack River Greenway. (Pics are posted in our Photo Gallery.)
Apparently the event hadn't been promoted in the newspaper, so the organizers were very happy and excited to have us there. I think it was a much bigger turnout than they expected. Ten Cool Boys Read(TM) members and 11 of their family members were in attendance--a very nice showing.
The walk itself was very pleasant. The leader of the walk, Marcia Strean, pointed out many plants with medicinal purposes and some we definitely want to avoid--like POISON IVY. One parent took thorough notes and some samples! One of the Cool Boys took some samples too, and I hear he is going to test out some of the properties of the plants. Hey, Cool Boys aren't just readers; they are scientists, too!
In addition to learning about the plant life, we learned a little bit about the Hackensack River, which is on one side of the path. Indian Pond is on the other side of the path. Tributaries from the Hackensack River were used to feed another stream, and that's how man-made Indian Pond was created. (I hope I got that explanation right because one of the gentlemen from the Friends of the Greenway kept insisting that we were going to have a test on what we learned. He was kidding, of course. And while I do hope the boys learned something, I think we'll save all the testing for school!)
In terms of our interest in capturing great photos, the setting was very, very green. There weren't a lot of flowers in bloom to create points of interest, and we only spotted one bird far out on the Hackensack River--an egret. Even so, Amir had a couple of interesting shots, so hopefully some of the older kids were able to get a few good ones, too.
If you've never been to Indian Pond, it's definitely worth a visit. I plan to go back in the fall when the foliage will create a spectacular view!