This quarter, our class went on a field trip to the Cook County Forest Preserve. I did not know what to expect of this trip and was spectacle about going but now, I am glad that I went. When we first arrived, we met a man who explained to us the Chicago Watershed. He explained the stream which we were doing tests on eventually leads to the Gulf of Mexico. That was super interesting to me.
First, my group searched and examined invertebrates in the creek. We took off our shoes and put on our thigh-high water boots and jumped right in. The water was hardly deep at all so we did not have to worry about getting wet. Once in the river, we grabbed our nets and kicked up rocks. We caught crawfish, worms, and mayflies. That was the most fun part of the day. We also used our senses on a walk to fully experience nature. Another activity was testing the pollution of the water and the affect on the biodiversity of the creek.
The experience was awesome and I am so happy I went. I love nature, hiking, bugs, and dirt. I am never scarred to get my hands dirty so this field trip was perfect for me!