Friday, April 9, 2010

Bankhead Outdoor Classroom

No, I'm not updating the house because I'm a tease like that. Instead I am going to give you a peek into our distraction for the morning. After 4 days of HARD work and another afternoon of the same on the books, I knew my guys needed to get out of the house... and yard.

Wow. Blogger is doing something... interesting with my pictures. So, um, lay your head down and enjoy...

Our motley crew:
How to use an increment borer and date a tree - that one was 53. 
They also had a tool that measured the height of the tree with a little telescope thing called a clinometer. They use them to figure the volume of the tree for resale of the ones that have to be cut.
The boys' favorite site by far was the forest fire team. They told about the benefits of prescribed burns and the dangers of wild fire as well as how to keep a camp fire at bay - which they demonstrated.
Map of the 20 burns they have completed this year already.
The Alabama Archeology area - BLOW DARTS! Who knew? Everyone's favorite: the arrowhead.
What is made from trees? The kids tried to make an A-Z list.
Lunch is never as good without a koolaid mustache!
Guess who showed up at the end of the day? Everyone's favorite woodland mascot.

And remember, "Only you can prevent forest fires!"

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