Day 2

I hit the ground running at 5am! I could not wait to get outside this morning to take in all the sounds, sites, and smells the early morning air could deliver me along the winding Granite Creek at AWLS! With my cup of coffee in hand and my curiosity heighten I was ready to tackle the morning. To my surprise....a MOOSE! As I approached the creek a Moose was meandering along the waterway. Absolutely stunning and a breath taking creature full of awkwardness and beauty! It was going to be hard to top this great find in nature, but as I soon would learn as my week progressed this area was full of treasures!!

Outdoor Survival 101: This was such a cool component to be a part of early on in AWLS!

HIGHLIGHTS: Water Purification A MUST! Fire starters from Vaseline and cotton balls! Tripod created from sticks to serve as an areas to dry clothing and/or hang a can to boil water! And don't forget....BEAR SPRAY!!

Ecological Walk About around the AWLS lodge was a great experience! I was able to get a visual on some great aspects of the area from various plants to specific animals that are common in this environment. I particularly found it interesting how the conifer trees tend to change and adjust in order to capture sunlight. This is why we might see some trees with needles only up the top half of the tree and others with needles all the way down the tree. We also had a chance to discuss how to look and identify particular trees from one another. From the Sticky Geranium to the Sage Shrubs the plants were really quite fragrant and beautiful!

Case Study: Woodland Bison of Alaska

  • Woodland Bison - were once a part of the Alaskan territory but eventually disappeared due to over hunting and changes in their environment
  • 2015 - 130 Woodland Bison would be reintroduced into their native lands in Alaska
  • 2016 - Calves are being born and signs of success in this restoration are becoming visible

Recommended Books to Read: "The Closing Circle: Nature, Man, and Technology" by Barry Commoner & "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen

Wonders.....Create an Walk About Experience for my students that encompass opportunities for my students to reflect on nature. To encourage them to think deeper than the surface but to dig deep in their curiosity about what lies beneath the ground, hides in the trees, and darts in and out of the bushes that brings balance to that environment.

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Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you. And the storms their energy. While cares will drop away from you like the leaves of autumn.

-John Muir