Flexibility for weather conditions, bus problems, etc...is essential to having an enjoyable visit to the park. No two school programs are exactly alike, but the following schedule represents a typical trip.
8:30a.m.-9:30a.m Travel to the park.
9:30-9:45 Meet park rangers at the Apgar Transit Center.
9:45-10:15 Students should be in groups of 3. There will be stations set up and 3-4 student groups will be at each station. Students will review information about non-native, invasive plants and their identification.
10:15-12:15p.m. Station groups will hike with their assigned rangers/volunteers to their monitoring site and collect data on percent cover of non-native, invasive plants.
12:15-12:45 Lunch and clean-up (lunch spot to be decided by ranger and teacher depending on which trail the students hike on).
12:45-1:30 Students pull weeds (mechanical treatment) if possible. Students must be signed up as volunteers in advance and have gloves. Ranger(s) review the educational objectives for the day.
1:30-1:45 Both classes meet back at the Apgar Transit Center (if others went on a different trail) and compare results. Final bathroom breaks and load up buses.
2:00 Bus leaves the park.
Last updated: November 6, 2017