Hike topics; choose one: Geology of Florida, Night Hike, Prairie Hike or Sandhill Hike
This program may be scheduled for any age group and requires at least 2 weeks of advance notification limited to center staff and volunteer availability. Participants in this program must be able to tolerate walking on loose sand soil for a distance of no less than 1 mile in the climate typically represented in the time of year you book your program. Water, bug spray and sunblock are recommended. The length of this program is 1.5 hours.
- Review terms:
- Karst formation – landscape formation cause by dissolving of soluble rock (Florida limestone)
- Sinkhole – a collapsed area of the Earth’s surface
- Erosion – removal of soil or rock from a location by natural forces
- Weathering – break down of rocks and soils by natural forces
- Aquifer- permeable rock with groundwater
- Night Hike:
- Tapetum Lucidum – Bright Carpet, the light condensing layer of tissue in the eye
- Nocturnal – active at night
- Diurnal – active during the day
- Crepuscular – active at dawn and dusk
- Prairie or Sandhill:
- Ecological Succession – observable change in a natural area over time
- Climax Community – a natural area or community that is in a steady state, not changing significantly
- Extirpation – local extinction, wiped out in certain area
- Endemic – Only found in a specific range or location
- Commensal – relationship where one animal benefits while the other is not harmed but gains no noticeable benefit.
- Review Leave-no-Trace environmental ethics. “Take only pictures, leave only footprints”.
- Create walking sticks
- For night hike create glow stick lanterns using cardboard tubes and glow sticks
- Indoor overview of the general History of Chinsegut Property
- Night Hike only: Power point review of how to identify animals at night.
- Geology Hike only: Power point review of Florida’s formation and climatological forces.
- Distribution of easy ID guides (or Bingo Cards) and designation of “spotters” for prairie/sandhill hikes.
- Guided 1 Hour walk through Instructor selected route with no less than 10 stops to identify key habitat features and reinforce vocabulary.
- Review and evaluation
- Have students determine if any of the plants seen at Chinsegut are found in their school yard
- Study the natural communities of Florida
- Create a “forest in a jar” terrarium to watch succession in the classroom
- Study Florida’s climatological history
- Review the wildlife of Florida