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FC: Chataqua Park Field Trip 2011 | Written by Ms West's 4th Grade Class

1: On September 27, 2011 the 4th grade students at STEM Magnet Lab School took an adventurous field trip to Chataqua Park in Boulder, CO. The students had been studying topographic maps in class. So, one purpose of the excursion was to give students the opportunity to use a topo map in a real setting. Another purpose of the trip was to expose students to some of the different life zones, animals, and landforms in Colorado, that they would be learning about in the near future. | Thanks to everyone who made this trip possible! Parents Volunteer Guides Tracey Tellinger

2: Emily Oct. 11, 2011 “Bear!!!!!” On our field trip to the mountain named Chautauqua, I learned about many different types of bears. Here are just a few, black bears whose fur is as black as night and brown bears whose fur is the color of nuts, and many others. Bears can climb trees. Once there was a wild fire and a baby black bear climbed a tree and survived the fire. People saved the bear and named it Smokey. Smokey the bear is very famous, and in the 90’s they made a T.V. show in his glory. Did you know that you can eat the berries in bear scat? Berries are the bears favorite food next to rabbit and deer. To survive bears have to eat 20,000 calories in a day!!! Never ever turn your back on a bear because they will attack. If you come across a bear, you should try to get as big as you can like, climb on top of each other and make lots and lots of noise. Always try to keep your food in your car or in a bear box so the bears don't eat it and die. You may think bears aren't important to the community, if you did then you thought wrong. Bears are very important to the community because they kill animals that we have too much of and they kill prairie dogs who carry diseases like the plague. Try to imaging a world without bears. It would be horrible or would it not?

4: Anthony Oct/10/2011 What’s That? On our field trip to the mountains, me and Michal found dinosaur foot prints. They camouflaged with the ground that was brown. We couldn’t even see them at first. We also tripped on them and that’s how we found them. We saw many more that were big small long and short. The first one we saw was huge as a table. But only me and Michal realized the dinosaur foot prints. They looked amazing because they were huge. We saw like five dinosaur foot prints. One of them looked like had three toes. But I wonder why there were dinosaur foot prints in the first place?

5: Rejin October 11, 2011 All About Poison Ivy At Chataqua, I learned about poison ivy. Poison ivy is not an ordinary plant it is a dangerous plant because it makes you itch. It has colors of green, red and orange. It also has three leaves like some plants. It reminds me of the mountains because poison ivy sometimes lives in the mountains. I think it has white berries in it and poison ivy lives in moist specific places like the rain forest. It starts out small like an ordinary plant. I do not like poison ivy because it makes you itch. I think poison ivy feels as smooth as a white board. Poison ivy smells fresh like the rain forest. Looking at poison ivy is OK, but you should not touch it.

6: Sydney Oct. 11, 2011 Sneaky Squirrels Squirrels, squirrels, squirrels are everywhere! A week ago, I went on a hike to Chataqua Park and learned about squirrels. There are many different kinds of squirrels, such as a normal brown squirrel and a flying squirrel. We talked about the normal squirrels. They live in many different places such as the woods, your back yard, even in New York City. The thing that I like about squirrels the most is that their little brown feet, arms and legs are super strong like a pro wrestler! They have to be because they have to climb tall trees. Squirrels eat nuts, berries and other small things. They can store up to 7 nuts in their mouth at the same time. Our guide told us that squirrels can camouflage to tall tree trunks. Close to the end of our hike, we were walking back and a dark brown squirrel came running down a dark brown tree and scared me. The squirrel was as big as two rabbits combined. That's the only thing I thing I don't like about squirrels. My guide said not to feed squirrels because squirrels may get used to being fed, and if you keep feeding them they would not go and find food on their own and they would die. Squirrels are cool animals to learn about! I love squirrels even if they scare me!! I wonder if squirrels can be white?

8: Porter Oct.12, 2011 Smell That Scat Last Tuesday on our class field trip to Chautauqua I learned about bear scat. One thing that I learned about bear scat was that it has berries in the scat. Another fact about bear scat is that it’s not throw up it's bear scat. Bears eat as much as they can in the summer to gain huge weight for the winter. Another fact about bear scat is that it is all over the trail. So watch your step. You usually see bear scat on a hike or in the wilderness. If you want to look for bear scat than go on a hike! If you find bear scat than it will probably be HUGE! When I found my first pile of bear scat it was as big as a square! The berries in the bear scat were as brown as bear Scat!

9: Josie Oct 11 2011 My Papa On Tuesday I went to my Papa’s funeral. At the funeral I got to touch my grandpa saw lots and lots of family members. My family was crying and I tried not to cry but I had to because I couldn't hold it much longer. He was in a beautiful casket. In the casket there was a big beautiful barn. It looked like an angle heart. He looked pail. I felt his body. His body felt like rubber and his hair felt like a fuzzy blanket. I miss him so much I can't sleep so well. I think I know what he's doing up there. He's fishing with my great uncle Earle and having a picnic with his wife. I will never miss him because he is in my heart. He's was as sweet as pie. My Papa is my favorite person in my heart.

10: Trevor 10/11/11 About Scat On our trip to Mt. Chataqua, I learned, poop can also be called scat. There are many scats like bear scat, deer scat and mountain lion scat! Did you know that mountain lion scat is white? Because they chew on bones so much; that the color falls off into the lions mouth. After a while he scats, and when he does the color covers the poop. Also when bears scat, there are big blue berries inside! Bears eat 2,000 calories a day. When the bear eats the blue big berries the juice and the outside of the big blue berry gets digested like stuff going in a bag. I hope you find scat too!

11: Erica Oct. 11, 2011 Rocks, Rocks and More Rocks On our fantastic field trip to Chautauqua Park we learned about rocks. The first huge rock we saw looked like someone took clay and mashed it together. This is called a sedimentary rock. Our guide then started to talk about a stream. The stream carries rocks that had fallen from the flatirons. Soon enough the big rocks will get stuck in the ground. Some of the rocks that fall are like the size of bears. We hiked some more than found a really flat rock. We could tell that this was not a sedimentary rock, because it was flat. It was an igneous rock. The flat rock was grey and looked like paper. It also was smooth. After the hike we walked back to where the bus dropped us off. We got on the bus then left Chautauqua Park. On this field trip I had a wonderful time!

12: By Luke Oct.11 2011 What I Learned Last Tuesday we went on a field trip to Chautaqua. Chautaqua is a national forest with grasslands and hiking trails. We learned about ladybugs and foxes on our hike, plus many more things, but I choose ladybugs and foxes. Ladybugs are about the size of a penny. With black doted back and solid brick red all over. Foxes are the size of the America flag. Their color is light red all over. Foxes' fur is soft and cuddly. I was taught that ladybugs could live in the mountains and in busy neighborhoods plus in farms. Foxes can do that to a. Foxes and ladybugs live in the mountains for the winter that means late summer they find a warm spot in the mountains for the winter. They are both good for the environment. One reason is foxes eat prairie dogs which are infected with a terribly disease.

13: This disease can make you very sick. Prairie dogs are about the size of a big shoe and dig deep down under ground in tunnels. They have to very big teeth like a beaver! There are many prairie dogs in Colorado. Also ladybugs eat aphids in plants. Aphids are the size of a drop of water. They are very very small. They are round and are green. Now aphids terrible for the environment because they eat away plants. That makes ladybugs great for gardens and forest plus the environment!!! That's what I learned on my field trip to Chautaqua! Hope you learned something important about ladybugs and foxes!!!

14: Jared Oct. 10, 2011 Flat Irons Tuesday, September 27, we went on a hike and learned how flat Irons were formed. Layers of rock were underground and then 2 plates pushed it up, but it takes time for a mountain to form. They look like rock towers when the mountain forms. It takes a lot of PSI (pounds per square inch) for a mountain to grow like a plant. A mountain is tall and tiger teeth like.

15: Park Oct. 11, 2011 Mountains, Mountains and More Mountains On our field trip to Chataqua I learned how mountains are formed. Our guide Lenore is the one that told us how mountains are formed. They are formed from a couple of earth’s plates touching and then a mountain is formed. A mountain came out under the earth, then up on the land where we were walking and where animals are living. Now the mountain is a big rock. It is bigger than a boulder and it does nothing. The mountain and the flatirons were formed over millions ago and maybe when the age of the dinosaurs lived or the cave man. The mountain and flatirons can be used as a den, rock climbing, tourist sites, camping and hiking. The mountains can smell like animal scat, smoke from a camp fire or other stuff like that and it can also smell like plants. The shape of mountain is mostly a triangle. Mostly the colors are grey, black or brown, sometimes a mix. Most mountains are rough and smooth or a bit of both. It also reminds me of Mt. Shasta and others.

16: Celeste October,11,2011 Our trip On our trip to Chataqua we learned about how Colorado changes. The ranger showed us pictures of what this place looked like millions of years ago. We also learned that Colorado used to be underwater 200,000,000 years ago. That is why mountains are here. EX: Plate1 and plate 2 are pushing against each other. They push so hard that they flip over and make a mountain. Plates are what keep earth together. When two plates push these are some of the things that can happen.1.A mountain 2.Magma geyser 3.Sliding plate Massive earthquakes happen when two plates slide. Thats how the rocky mountains where formed. About an hour later we reached the 4th flatiron. The flatiron was as big as a semi-truck. I climbed the fun fourth flatiron. By then we were at an elevation at about 11,000 feet! Thats about 2 miles up! I can’t believe 2,000,000 years ago Colorado was filled with tropics and alligators! But these are some of the many things Colorado had millions of years ago! Celeste October,11,2011 Our trip On our trip to Chataqua we learned about how Colorado changes. The ranger showed us pictures of what this place looked like millions of years ago. We also learned that Colorado used to be underwater 200,000,000 Years ago. That is why mountains are here. EX: Plate1 and plate 2 are pushing against each other. They push so hard that they flip over and make a mountain. Plates are what keep earth together. When two plates push these are some of the things that can happen. Massive earthquakes happen when two plates slide. That’s how the rocky mountains where formed. 1.A mountain 2.Magma geyser 3.Sliding plate About an hour later we reached the 4th flatiron. The flatiron was as big as a semi-truck. I climbed the fun fourth flatiron. By then we were at an elevation at about 11,000 feet! That’s about 2 miles up! I can’t believe 2,000,000 years ago Colorado was filled with tropics and alligators! But these are some of the many things Colorado had millions of years ago!

18: Dylan Oct-11-2011 Colorado 80,000,000 Years Ago On our field trip to Chautauqua Park, I learned that Colorado was underwater 80,000,000 years ago. The sea dinosaurs were roaming the earth. The Rocky Mountains didn’t exist yet. There were none ships on Earth because humans didn’t exist yet. There were no ships or boats gliding across Colorado. There wasn’t anything except water, water, water plus dinosaurs. The Rocky Mountains didn’t exist until when the dinosaurs exist until the dinosaurs became extinct 65,000,000 years ago. The temperature was a lot different than it is now. It was like 75 degrees F in the winter. The other dinosaurs didn’t Exist until 14,000,000 years later. Colorado was probably so far north that if we were there today, it would be as cold as Antarctica.

20: Marcus Oct.11.2011 Amazing Animals At Chautauqua my group learned that the animals live all over the place, even insects. We saw a boulder. Then used a magnifier to look at it really close. Then our guide said that there might be a bear on the trail because we saw bear scat. I was so excited, but scared too. My guide also said that bears only eat berries on their diets. On the way up we heard something chirping really loud. I thought it was a mountain lion. My guide said to keep our voice down so we can hear the animals. Suddenly a bird landed on a tree branch. It was as blue as a blue berry. A few minutes later we learned how big a bat skull is. It was as big as an ant or smaller. After 20 minutes there was a steep hill with tons of rocks it was huge! We climbed on the rocks until we got to the top of the hill. Then we got to the flatirons. It was exciting! After that we went back down. On the way down I saw a snake it was slimy, silky, and scary. When we finished the hike we had to leave. I had a blast at Chautauqua.

21: Have a Pine Beetle Michael Schresongost October 11, 2011 On your field trip to Chautauqua last Tuesday my group and I learned about Pine Beetles. We learned that only females kill the unhealthy trees. After a pine beetle finds an unhealthy tree it will send out a scent to tell the other pine beetles to come to this tree, as if they were going to have a party. The pine beetles only kill the unhealthy trees. Pine beetles can be as small as an ant.

22: Savannah Oct. 11, 2011 Have You Climbed That? On our trip to Chataqua, my group got to climb the 3rd flatiron! If you want to climb the flatiron you will need a hook and a clip and remember to wear non slip shoes! When my group climbed the 3rd flatiron it looked like it’s made out of marble. The guide said he had climbed to the top and ate lunch with his friend. When I am old enough I hope to climb to the top of the flatiron. The flatirons are big, black, and brown also the color gray and silver! This flatiron feels as smooth as the cover of a book! The flatirons are not ordinary rocks, they are very large but thin rock. Also, it took years for the flatirons to form. There is more than one flatiron. Like for example the 1st and 2nd, but I didn’t climb those. Our guide told us that the letters CU were painted on the flatiron because of the University of Colorado. He also told us someone tried to paint over the letters but, the paint did not cover the letters and the sun made the paint fade! I thought the climb was very fun. My favorite part of the climb was sitting on a corner I climbed to. I think my least favorite part was climbing back down because my shoe slipped off. If you climb the 3rd flatiron have fun!

24: Faith Oct. 11 2011 The Wonder Full Tree On our field trip me and my classmates went hiking. We went to Chautauqua for our field trip. Me and my group learned about the ponderosa tree. The ponderosa tree is a quit big tree. Did you know the ponderosa tree can be healthy if the bark comes off? Animals depend on the ponderosa tree, because they need homes to hide from predators because they don’t want to be eaten. Also if there is a fire the fire can’t climb up, and burn the tree down. On our trip I also learned that if you feed the tree water, in one or two months the tree will grow four to six inches. Also humming birds poke holes in the tree for bugs. They eat bugs a lot. In addition I learned that if the ponderosa tree smells really good it’s really healthy. Also the ponderosa tree is a really cool tree. I also learned that you can find the ponderosa tree in Riparian the life zone. Riparian is an ecosystem that has lots of vegetation. The ponderosa tree is as big as the sun. The ponderosa tree is brownish reddish with green leaves. You know like a regular tree. I think that the ponderosa tree grows at least one or three centimeters each week. Also the tree feels pokey and splintery. The shape of the tree is kind of big but not to big. It looks like a rectangle, with skinny little rectangle branches. The brownish blackish branches are tall and long like a flag pole on a cold morning. I hope I come across the ponderosa tree again.

26: Logan 10/10/2011 Bat Skull This week we took a field trip to the foothills in Chautauqua Mountain Park and I got to look at a BAT SKULL!!!!!!The bat skull my group saw was cool because it was as small as a walnut.It was white with a little black.I was surprised how small the bat skull was. Seeing the bat skull was really fun. I wish I could find a bat skull myself. It was small like a snail.

27: Connor October 11, 2011 Rocks, Rocks, Rocks Are Everywhere One hot morning day our class went on a field trip to Chautauqua. On our field trip we learned about 3 types of rocks. The first rock we learned about is the sand rock. It was created by sand and water, and if you felt the rock it will feel like sand paper. The next rock we learned about is the red rock. It was a sedimentary red rock, and red rocks are hard to find. The red rock fell down a long time ago from a big mountain. It was blocking the trail a little bit. The last rock we talked about was the flat rock. The flat rock was very smooth like my desk. It looked like a piece of paper, and it also looked like dirt. I hope I can go to Chautauqua again and see the same rocks and learn new things.

28: Alexa Oct.10, 2011 Woodpeckers One of the interesting facts I learned on our hike at Chataqua was about a woodpecker. We walked into the tall trees and heard kip kip kip. It was as loud as a horn! Our guide told us it was a woodpecker. They peck to make a home. It takes three long weeks for the hot humid hole to be big enough for it to go in. Males only peck on the bark, and females wait till the males are done. The trees they peck on are smelly Pine trees, Aspen trees, and sometimes tall thick tenty Oak trees. A woodpecker's diet is nuts, like almonds, and peanuts. They never eat the bark on the trees, but they do eat the wood in the trees. They also eat things like flowers, leaves, and green gooey grass. I never knew a woodpecker could be black, red, and blue. I think they look just like a colorful tornado! On our hike at Chautauqea I learned a lot of interesting facts about woodpeckers.

29: By Jack On Miss. West’s class trip to Chataqua my group saw Gregory Canyon. Did you know that the canyon is near a fault and has no water in it! There is a lot of purple poison ivy in it and is part of what I call the wall of mountains. You may think it is a valley, but it is not. Not many animals or plants live here because it is very hot, but poison ivy is perfect for the hotness. Our guide said that there are mini earthquakes each year. Any desert animals could live here.

30: Zach Oct. 11. 2011 Smell That? On our field trip at Chautauqua I spotted bear scat on our hike. It looked like a rotten apple. The scat had a lot of berries in it. It looked like a trash can spilt open and it looked like a pile of rotten things. What is that? I think it is bark I saw some scat in it. I saw some twigs and sticks and things that you want really see to many times in scat. The scat looked like a porky pine. What is that smell? That smells like a rotten banana. I also think it was pretty cool because there was an actual bear right here. The color of the bears scat was light brown. The type of bear was a black bear. Bears also have to eat 20,000 calories every day. There were twigs in there because they eat bugs in trees and they eat berries too. Our guide told us there were 3 cubs and one mom bear. I would want to actually see the bears and the lions and all of the animals there. I don't want to get hurt so I will be careful, so maybe I don't get spotted. I want to learn about all of the animals. I want to go one more time and next time I want climb the flatirons. I don't want to go on a very hot day. I would like to go on a partly cloudy day. I like it when it is cooler. I want to go hiking many more times.

32: Nate Oct.10/11 What to do if a Rattle Snake Attacks You Do you wonder what to do if a rattle snake attacks you? Well there are many different things you can do. One thing you can do is run away like a coward. Just to let you know that wouldn’t be the best thing to do. Another thing you can do is fight back. Not such a good choice either. The best choice you could make is to walk away calmly. That’s your best bet! You want to know the worst thing you can do? Well the worst thing you can do is watch it and let it attack you, or it will go away. But it’s most likely that it will come back but with some friends. Aaaa! A rattle snake! Aaaaaaaaa!

33: All About Erosion Ever wonder how erosion happens? Well I’ll tell you. First water gets under dirt, carry’s it away and has a horribly bad effect on the environment. Want to know the effect? Well the effect on the environment is roots loose dirt, animals homes are destroyed, and it creates more landslides. You ask how can I help? Well one thing you can do is plant more trees. Some more things you can do are conserve the clearest clear water, make more dames, and build shelters for the animals. If you want to you can do an experiment to show you how erosion works. I won’t give you the materials because you can use whatever materials you want! Well that’s all about ero-aaaa! Whew the ground eroded on me!

34: KYLE Oct.11 2011 Smelly Bear Scat On our way down from our hike we found bear scat. I cannot believe I was standing where a bear was standing. The bear scat color is black and orange. It was as smelly as dog scat. When bear scat comes out, seeds come out to grow trees. Our guide took some of it.

35: Britta 10/10/11 The Ponderosa Pine Tree On our field trip to the mountains last Tuesday we went hiking. I learned about a pine tree. It called a ponderosa pine tree. To me it was about 5 feet tall. The ponderosa pine tree has a squirrel that only lives in it. It lives with another pine tree call a butter scotch tree. The ponderosa pine tree can only live in Colorado. The pine cones tricked people to think they were mice because they had tails and they looked like mice. It looks green all year. It also looks like it has curls at the ends of the branches’ needles. Needles are like tree leaves. Ponderosa pine trees can fight off bad bugs, but they can only do that when they feel 100% good. They live in a larger ecosystem called a tundra. Through all the four seasons it stays green. We learned about the ponderosa pine tree after my group’s 4th stop. The pine tree will die and then fall over after its dead. Bears will try to climb it sometimes also beavers will cut down young ones for dams. Almost anything can live in the pine tree. If one gets cut down it can change a whole ecosystem. It may be killed in a forest fire. The ponderosa pine tree is like the butter scotch pine tree because they both are from the pine tree family.

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