Barrier Island Field Trip

Barrier Island Field Trip
Albert Einstein once said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” That is exactly what students from J. Paul Truluck Creative Arts and Science Magnet School did the first week of October on their Barrier Island trip. These students chose to shed the comforts of home and the luxuries of their technology to embrace what nature has to offer. They slept on bunk beds in cabins, nice cabins with views of the inlet, and ate family style together for each meal. The students that attended became family for the three days and two nights that they explored the great outdoors. The students went on a bird hike where they were able to spy on Pileated Woodpeckers, Red Tipped Hawks, Great Heron, Kingfishers and other Aves. In the estuary the students went seining (moving a large net in a circular motion near shore) and caught juvenile fish and crabs that they were able to examine up close. They went trekking through a flooded marsh trail to a mud pit where they were covered from head to toe with mud while exploring the residents of that habitat, including a variety of crabs and periwinkles. During the day the students worked intently, gleaning what this cornucopia had to offer. At night, they soaked in the night sky, minus the light pollution, and enjoyed games, campfire songs, and friendship. When lights out came, their discussions reflected on that day’s activities and the adventures that lay ahead in the next. When the adventure finally came to an end the conversation was dominated with plans to attend again next year. The students indeed looked deep into nature and as a result understood everything better.