On the 17th and 19th of April the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders set off on an exploratory field trip to Conchal Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre. This was the first of four excursions to Conchal, which have been organized so that the students can investigate and measure the changes in their local ecosystem throughout the year.
The first part of the trip consisted of a brief overview by Rocio Rojas and her assistant about the forest we were about to enter and what we needed to look for. The kids were all given magnifying glasses, rulers and clipboards for the forest tour and relished the opportunity of becoming scientists for the following 2 hours.
During our walk the kids recorded temperatures, weather, water levels and the abundance of specific plants and wildlife. We were lucky enough to see different species of birds, crabs, insects and plant life, much different to those found in Potrero, which typically has a much drier climate.
Although we weren’t used to the cooler climate and the incredible mass of mosquitoes everyone really enjoyed exploring and learning about the forest ecosystem. We are all looking forward to the following field trip at the end of the session and examining the differences that the following months will bring.