Saturday, October 29, 2011

Costa Rica Blog Up and Running


Welcome to my Costa Rica blog!  I am thrilled to be part of the Toyota International Teacher Program trip to Costa Rica next month!  My school community and students are very excited about this opportunity and are looking forward to hearing about the trip.

Right now, I'm working with my students on biodiversity and habitat/ecosystem studies which they are really connecting with.

Last week we took a field trip to a Rich Cove Forest in the North Carolina Nature Conservancy's Bat Cave Preserve in Hickory Nut Gorge (at peak leaf color!) to experience ecosystem and biodiversity differences in western North Carolina.  We hiked to the entrance of the cave (access to the cave is restricted right now because of white nose fungus), and found many interesting organisms that are hard to find just a few miles away in Hendersonville.  Here is a Carlolina Mantis which is our indigenous praying mantis.

Carolina Mantis
Carolina Mantis (Stagmomantis carolina)

In September I spent a week with 8th grade backpacking in Mountain Bald and Spruce Fir ecosystems off the Blue Ridge Parkway in western NC. It was an awesome experience.  Many thanks to Adventure Treks and their staff for making this possible

Sam's Knob
View from Sam's Knob

Tennent Mountain
Crossing Stream

Welcome to my blog!

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