Before leaving Jackson Campus, we got to know each other and chose our team name. Half the group wanted to be pikas while the other half voted for falcons, so we compromised and called ourselves the ‘Palcons,’ and drew a fantastic beast with the body of a pika, a beak, wings, and talons on our team flag. We also created a leadership stick, each tying a string around it to represent something we could bring to the group. We passed the leadership stick from teammate to teammate every time someone displayed great leadership. Everyone got the stick at least three times today!
We hiked to Taggart Lake, stopping for lunch in a shady spot on top of the moraine. At the lake, we learned about the five Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem plant communities, and decided to take a goofy group picture in every community. We also practiced our naturalist skills playing ‘Meet a Tree,’ which required blindfolded students to use all senses to identify conifers.
Follow-up Question: In which community do you live? Which animals might live there too?