Friends School of Minnesota 7th and 8th graders made their first of many trips to Crosby Farm Regional Park today! This year-long series of field trips is part of an integrated unit of study coordinated with the middle school science, math, humanities teachers and specialists.

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We gathered by the river to take river notes, measure the air and water temperature, current rate, wind speed, and river height. We then discussed phenology and went on a major hike through the many unique areas of the park. Students used their compasses to follow a south- north transect and discovered their individual plots from which they will be doing monthly observations. Plot sites included the river, floodplain, forest, lake and bluff environments.