Yesterday, the middle school students took a trip to the beautiful West Cave Preserve, close to Hamilton Pool. It was a gorgeous day to spend outdoors, and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just what we did! The students hiked in a savannah habitat, observing species diversity, then compared the data collected to a riparian area along the creek. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been exploring both taxonomy and evolution in science class, and the staff did a wonderful job of weaving in geology, diversity, and adaptation into these topics.
Highlights included exploring a cave behind a waterfall and listening to the sounds of water falling, going inside of a 25,000 year old cave, touching a Ã¢â‚¬Å“deadÃ¢â‚¬Â stalagmite, seeing snakes, lizards, and butterflies, smelling a sweetgum leaf, seeing freshly blooming columbine flowers, and just enjoying the beauty of the majestic cypress trees and crystal clear stream. It was a special experience and a beautiful place to observe species diversity in native Texas habitats.