Sponsor makes trip worthwhile for students

Posted: Friday, May 29, 2009

Mrs. Jen's fifth- and sixth-grade class would like to thank ConocoPhillips for sponsoring our Peterson Bay field trip. We appreciate it. Without ConocoPhillips, we would not have been able to go. It was so much fun just being there.

A cool thing we learned was that you have to be really careful around invertebrates. After all, they have no back bone. If you aren't careful, up to 70 creatures can be hurt or even killed in one single footstep. We also learned that chitons eat coroline algae to camouflage themselves from predators. They turn the color of the algae. I guess sometimes you really are what you eat.

One of our favorite parts was when we went tidepooling and saw so many different creatures. We saw green sea anemones, moon snails, helmet crabs and even a daisy brittle sea star, among others.

This field trip could impact our future by helping us to learn that if you can do small things in life, like help an invertebrate, you can save an entire species.

We also learned about archeology when we visited an old barabara site. Scientists had excavated a nearby midden to learn about an ancient family that lived there. Archeology has always been very interesting to us.

Again, we would like to thank ConocoPhillips for helping us to have this special opportunity to learn and have fun at the same time.

Jennifer Wardes

Melissa Clark

Tristan Combs

Ninilchik School

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