Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Middle Creek Studies

Here are directions and information from Christy about this Friday's class:

Our field trip will be on Friday September the 19th at 10:00 am. We will be learning about mammals at the Middle Creek Wildlife Preserve in Kleinfeltersville.

Let me know if you are coming, and how many school aged children will be participating. There is no charge for this class, but I would like to take up a collection. If everyone would please consider contributing a dollar or two per family, per class that would be appreciated. I won't pass around a hat or anything. Just find me and give me your contribution, and I will write a check for the amount I receive at the end of each class.

Some families had questions about the age range for this class. The class itself is for kindergarten on up. There is a play area for smaller children just outside the classroom. This is a family friendly environment.

The directions are a little complicated if you are not familiar with the Schaefferstown area. (From Lebanon) Take Walnut Street East to 5th Ave (897). Turn right and drive about 15 minutes into Schaefferstown. This will be a stop sign intersecting 897 and 419. You have to turn left or right. Turn left and follow through Schaefferstown to Kleinfeltersville. (419 turns back into 897) Follow signs to Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area and then to the visitor's center. We will be meeting at the visitor's center at 9:50.

You can also call 733-1512 to get directions from other areas. I did not find specific directions on Map Quest. The address is 100 Museum Rd in Kleinfeltersville.

*Those of you coming from 81. Take the Lebanon exit, follow 72 South into Lebanon. 72 turns into 10th St. At the corner of 10th & Walnut you will see Tabor United Church of Christ on you left. Turn left onto Walnut St.-- Follow the above directions (From Lebanon). Email if you would like to meet me at the church and follow me the rest of the way.

How to prepare: Nothing is specifically needed for this Friday, but you may want to start some continued discussion for the entire year of classes at Middle Creek. You could look at the photos on the State Game site. http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/pgc/cwp/browse.asp?a=458&bc=0&
c=69867&pgcNav=| You could also have your children start a scrapbook of wildlife pictures and captions. Maybe some of the pictures they could copy and paste from web sites, and some they could photograph themselves. For smaller children you may want to start a discussion about habitats and ecosystems. For older children you may want to discuss biomes. For older children I also love this site http://www.mbgnet.net/.

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