Fayetteville NC | October 25, 2019
Gordon Elementary School 3rd grade students visited the J. Bayard Clark Park & Nature Center in Fayetteville N.C. to learn about nature, sharpen their listening and questioning skills, and get a little exercise at the Moses Mathis “Bicycle Man” playground. Park rangers led students on a hike on the center’s grounds where the 3rd graders learned to identify various trees, flowers, and animals. Many students were fascinated to learn what poison ivy looks like, and that it can still cause a skin reaction even when the leaves are dead. In the nature center, students learned how to identify animals from their scat (droppings). They also observed images of park wildlife, recorded by night vision cameras, and an explored the anatomical features of nocturnal animals. Students explored the entire gallery of insects and wildlife that live around the nature center. The highlight of the trip for many students was petting a live turtle and observing a baby alligator through a glass partition.