The sun was shining and spirits were high this past week when we had the opportunity to journey into Grayson Highlands State Park with a seventh grade group from Grayson Highlands School. After departing from the school, we hiked down the Cabin Creek Trail from Massey Gap, observing wildlife that we saw along the way.
After reaching the base of the trail, the students conducted a stream survey which involved sampling and studying aquatic macroinvertebrates as well as fish. Even a few salamanders decided to show themselves! With the help of context clues and dichotomous keys, the students were able to not only catch but also identify the species seen.
Before heading back, we took the opportunity to hike to the Cabin Creek Trail Waterfall, which added to the day’s adventures.