Monday, April 19, 2010

Ambrose Farms and Capers Island

Friday we took a field trip to the Charleston area. Our first stop was an organic farm where they offered u pick strawberries. It took us about 30 minutes to pick about 30 pounds. The farm was amazing. The plants looked so healthy and the farmer was very friendly. He explained how the main things he uses on his plants are compost and fish emulsion. The plants were so healthy and the berries were huge.

The main reason for the trip was a tour of Capers Island. The island is a barrier island that was bought by the state in the 50s. It is protected and very primitive with no water or electricity. They do allow primitive camping but it is only accessible by boat.

The tour guide was very enthusiastic and started sharing interesting facts about the fish right at the marina. He really never stopped talking and answering questions. He started out explaining these stone crab and blue crabs that he had in the tank on the boat. We stopped and looked at some traps in the water.

 He used his "overhead projector" to show us exactly where we were on the coast--the inlet between Dewees Island and Bull Island.
 We floated around in this section of the inlet for a little while waiting for the dolphins to surface. We saw several all around the boat. They were so fun to spot and of course Arianna was excited to see her favorite animal in the wild.

 It took us about an hour to slowly cruise over to the Island from Isle of Palms Marina. Once we got to the shore, the guide walked with us and stopped every so often to name and explain all the different shells and marine creatures that we are all so familiar with. He also talked about how and why the trees are fallen and how to tell the difference between pine and oak skeletons.

I loved learning all those little facts. Here's Ellen showing off the welk shells she found.
 I think that lots of schools take this trip but it is open to the public. For more information on Barrier Island Eco Tours check out there website here.


William Kruidenier said...

Awesome field trip! I'd love to spend an afternoon in that strawberry patch. :-) Can't believe the guides are available for such small groups -- that's amazing. Your tax dollars at work, right?

jendanellenarianna said...

Well, we did have to pay ($18 per person). I think it is a private company that leads tours on a state owned island. Tax dollars didn't have much to do with this trip.

Laura said...

how cool. what a great trip for the girls!

and thanks for the idea for anne of green gables. i dont know if we can do the real one, we have an abridged version with illustrations that i might just start next! love you guys.

William Kruidenier said...

Bummer -- sounded too good to be true. Looks like money well spent, though.

Lesley said...

THIS post makes me want to home school! I do not want to wish my infant and toddler-hoods away, but it is going to be so fun to learn with my kids. Thanks for being an inspiration.

Love, Les