SALAMONIE RESERVOIR ADVENTURE!
FOREST SCHOOL DAYS FIELD TRIP
Salamonie Lake is a man made reservoir with a State Park, State Forest and nature preserves surrounding it. During the field trip we will see birds of prey, the lake, the river, a waterfall and the dam and also explore the Interpretive Center & nature play area at the State Park. The area we will be visiting is a little more than an hour drive from Anderson.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 8TH 11am-?
PLEASE RSVP BY FEBRUARY 1ST
-11:00 Arrive at Salamonie Lake State Park Interpretive Center. Time for lunch and exploring the nature play area
-1:00 Explore nature center and enjoy a bird program with a park naturalist (captive birds on site!)
-2:30 Drive to the dam and stop for a closer look/photos
-3:30 Drive to Hominy Ridge Shelter. Hike to view river and water fall
-5:30 Cook dinner and have a fire at Hominy Ridge Shelter*
*Dinner will be provided! Let me know your dietary preferences and restrictions by March 1st. The plan is for hotdogs, brats, simple easy sides & smores
What to bring:
Warm layers, water proof outer layers and backup clothes & shoes for each kid if possible
Baby carrier if you have anyone 2 and under(hike to the waterfall is rugged)
Water bottles (there will be opportunities for refilling)
A packed lunch
$5-$25 Cash per family(pay what you can) for dinner supplies & the fee for the Salamonie naturalist
Ideas for maximizing learning before and/or after the trip:
-What birds of prey live in this area and how do we tell them apart?
-What is the CCC & why did they do what they did? (the CCC made the shelter we will be using for dinner)
-Why was the reservoir made?
-What makes Indiana prime for flooding?
-How was the dam made?
-What is an engineer?
-What other reservoirs has your family visited?
-How do dams affect rivers and the creatures that live in/near them?
-What are plants and animals doing right now to prepare for (or make it to) spring?
-Practice winter tree ID
-Practice starting/tending a fire