Fall Field Trip
The upper grades of Pinnacle Classical Academy recently went on a field trip to Pinnacle Mountain. With all the colored leaves out, it was a great time of year to further their study of rocks, plants and trees first hand.
The field trip started at the Pinnacle Mountain Visitor Center. A park ranger led us on a trail while pointing out some of the interesting features of the forest. Some features the students found on their own, like this naturally bent tree.
One of the features of the forest that we saw a lot was lichen. The students were able to point it out on their own after a short time on the trail.
Another thing we saw in the rocks was quartz. This rock has a stripe of quartz right through the middle.
The trail we walked on had several places to stop and overlook a river or Pinnacle Mountain. In this shot, the students are looking out at the river and learning to point out rivercane, a type of bamboo commonly found on riverbanks in Arkansas. We also saw a sycamore tree. The ranger helped us to remember which kind of tree is a sycamore because the bark looks like it’s falling off and she said the “syc”-amore looks “sick.” It stuck with me! As did the impromptu song about Zaccheus that naturally accompanied our discussion.
The striking purple berries below are called beauty-berries. The tree shown below the beauty-berries caught the attention of several of us with its large bumpy wart-like texture on the trunk and branches. Thankfully we had our knowledgeable ranger with us to teach us that the tree was a hackberry tree, or sometimes called a sugarberry tree.
This ferocious creature was waiting to greet us on the trail. Okay, so it’s just a rubber dinosaur on a sign, but it brought a smile to several faces. The students did see a deer on their way to the park, and while examining a prickly pear cactus, some of the students saw a lizard.
At the conclusion of our guided hike, the group took a break for lunch, then spent their afternoon hiking up Pinnacle Mountain. It was a great day for exercise, exploration, education and enjoying the company of friends.
To the Boys
As a side note, the last 30 minutes or so of the hike, I had the privilege of listening to the boys plotting to create the coolest video game series ever, with names like Epic Moses and Epic Noah (my favorite was Epic Lot). When the games are released, they are sure to be the most cutting edge, action packed, and appealing video games on the market. Only a Pinnacle student could know and love their Bible stories enough to create something so awesome! To the boys, I want you to know, I would buy your video games.