Updated: Aug 2, 2021
Our K - 6th graders had a great time at the sand dunes yesterday during the "Endangered Species" nature walk!
We met Environmental Specialist Devon at the entrance to the sand dunes at Oak Openings. In the above picture, she is explaining to us why the sand dunes were closed off during certain times of the year. Do you know why? I will give you a hint, it has to do with the topic of our walk!
As we were walking to the sand dunes, Devon was pointing out different native species to Oak Openings, and their significance to the park. Plants are just as important as animals to the habitat!
We stopped along the trail to learn more about different animals that live near the sand dunes. We learned that the gray fox is endangered in our area.
Devon had a great time showing us different kinds of plants, and animals that live in our region. Did you know cactuses grow in the sand dunes?!
Devon also talked about badgers and how they mostly live underground. Do you think you could spend most of your life underground?
The kids were excited to sit down and take a break. While they relaxed, they learned about why the bench appears so tall. Do you know why?
Down the trail from the dunes, we got to compare the differences between wet woodlands and sand dunes. What can you see that are different? Do you think some animals live in both habitats?
We want to give Devon a huge thank you for being such a wonderful guide on our tour. We learned a lot of awesome facts about the region and why Oak Openings is a valuable place in our back yard. Go take a walk at the park and explore the unique beauty of nature!
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