Sunday, April 15, 2018



We just completed an amazing week of environmental education at Westminster Woods. We hiked at day and at night, we went to the tide pools, we saw the tallest trees in the world, we took part in a campfire, we hiked before breakfast, we played on the cargo net, in the gaga pit, on the playground, and we had incredible fun hanging out with our friends. 

This blog is your opportunity to tell the world what you thought about your trip. As a writer, tell your reader what you enjoyed and tell us why you liked those things. Pick as many topics as you wish about which to write, but be sure you explain WHY you enjoyed those things. You need to avoid just telling what you did on this trip. The task is to explain why you liked, or didn't like, certain parts of your experience. You needn't write about everything, just the highlights. Think about how you will arrange your ideas. For each paragraph, be sure that you have a topic sentence. We all know the word not to use in the topic sentence, right?

As always, be sure your spelling and conventions are strong. Check that sentence structure, and be sure that you are communicating with precision and accuracy. 

Have fun with this and let's see how many comments we can get! Be sure to check out each other's writings, and let's inform the world about our incredible week at Westminster Woods. 

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  1. Tide Pools and Gaga Ball
    Something that I liked at Westminster Woods was the tide pools.The reason I liked the tide pools was because of all the creatures that were there.

    One of the tide pool creatures that was there, was the sea anemone. The sea anemone were very interesting because one of them was open and I got to touch their sticky tentacles, and got to watch the tentacles close in which was really cool. The sea anemone was really colossal so I was super surprised to see it.

    Another one of the tide pool creatures I liked was an alive abalone. The abalone was cool because it was starting to die and I saw a crab feasting on it’s meat. Another one of the reasons the abalone was cool was because one of the naturalists,Redwing, said that in all of his career at Westminster Woods he has never seen an alive abalone. So the alive abalone was one of the coolest tide pool creatures I have ever seen.

    The tide pools and the tide pool creatures was my favorite subject at Westminster Woods


    My other favorite thing at Westminster Woods was recreation time. The subject I liked in recreation time was gaga ball.

    The reason I liked gaga ball was because I can try and hit the ball at people’s legs and that was fun. It helps with my aiming and growth of strength. The one and only thing I didn’t like at gaga ball was that there was a lot of people at the gaga pit. So if I got out, then I would have to wait for somebody to get everyone out which was super long.

    Even though the wait was long, gaga ball is also a favorite subject at Westminster Woods.

    There were many other things that was fun for me, but going to the tide pools and playing gaga ball were certainly my favorite subjects to do at Westminster Woods.

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    1. Nice job Noah! I also enjoyed the tide pools!

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    2. Great job Noah! I like how you talked about Gaga Ball.

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    3. NOO-OH-UH-IY-ICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Try saying it. What does it sound like?

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    4. You have strong evidence to support your big ideas, Noah. I liked the tide pools too; it's always fun to climb on rocks and find sea creatures!

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    5. Good job Noah! Gaga ball was awesome!

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    6. i also enjoyed the tide pools Noah.
      -Eric

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  2. I really liked your blog Noah; great job!!

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  3. WESTMINSTER WOODS!!!

    Westminster Woods’s food is delicious! Especially the breakfasts. It had pancakes, bacon, coffee cake, scrambled eggs and many other sugary foods! Milk was at every meal as well as water. At the first lunch, I liked the share bin in which a kid would take a food he didn’t like and put it in, then a kid who was still hungry got it. The trail lunches, where we put sandwiches together and and ate them, taught us to make food on our own and I thought that was really cool. The dinners were from all over the world, like tacos and chinese food, and at the last lunch they gave us CHOCOLATE MILK! I can definitely know from this Westminster Woods’s food is really, really good!
    Hiking is definitely a really big part of Westminster Woods and it was fun to do! I went to Cross Overlook twice, which everyone in Mr. LaMarr’s class did at least once, and the trail is a good warm-up for experienced hikers and a good place to start for beginners! Then at the top hikers rest and look down into a beautiful view! The illusion at Cross Overlook at the night hike, only Team Night, Redwing’s group, did this, was really creepy! To do this illusion, you must be in a dark place, but not too dark, with your “night vision” turned on and you must stare at something for a long time, preferably into someone else’s eyes, and it will seem to disappear! Also, in the hike across the creek, I liked how debris made a bridge across. Westminster Woods has cool hikes!
    Westminster Woods has cabins to live in if someone wanted to stay there, and they were good! We stayed in the Meadow Cabins and there were two types of them: a room with five bunks, and two rooms with two bunks each with a door in the middle. There were bathrooms with sinks, stalls, urinals, and showers. There are separation doors and heaters in the cabins which, as well as everything else, makes these cabins really, really good cabins!
    Recreation time is like a one hour recess at Westminster Woods, and it had cool things to play on! There was a gaga pit, a cool playground, a basketball court, a volleyball court, a cargo net, a treehouse, a labyrinth, and a treasure hunt. A gaga pit is for gaga ball. Here’s how to play: Many people gather around the edge then someone throws the ball in the air. It bounces three times, and for each bounce everyone says, “Ga! Ga! Ball!” Everyone hits the ball around and it’s much like dodgeball but, it’s nonviolent and you can’t hold on to the wall and jump at the same time, that’s cheating and it’s called grasshopper. You can’t hit the ball twice unless you're one of the last three people. Once there are three, they can hit it three times, and the game ends after thirty seconds or someone wins. A cargo net is a big giant net to climb around on, stand on, or try this challenge! Mr. LaMarr does huge bounces in the corner and see how long you can stand up! Recreation time is really fun.
    The tidepools had interesting creatures including: hermit crabs, porcelain crabs, sea stars, sea anemones, sea urchins, acorn barnacles, goose barnacles, limpets, mussels, and abalones. Hermit crabs and porcelain crabs are small crabs from the tidepools. Sea stars, sea anemones, and sea urchins have centers and “spikes” sticking out of it. Limpets, mussels, and abalones live in shells, and acorn barnacles and goose barnacles stick to the jagged rocks. In conclusion, tidepool creatures are really, really, really, really, cool!
    Armstrong Redwoods has the tallest trees in the world and it was fun to look at! We ate lunch near two of the tallest trees in the world! We saw a root ball that looked like a dinosaur! We ate apple “cores” as apples do not have real cores! We had lots of fun.
    People lick and kiss banana slugs, which I think is the most gross I could imagine. That is my opinion because banana slugs have a layer of slime that numbs stuff.


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    Elijah R

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    1. Great review of many parts of the trip, Elijah! I enjoyed reading this; your enthusiasm really comes through in your writing. It seems like you had a great time at camp. I am glad that you did!

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    2. Great blog Elijah! I like how you talked bout many different topics.
      Great blog!

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    3. Great work, Elijah! I like how you explain a lot.

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    4. Elijah, I really like how you were really specific about stuff and added a little fact in there too!

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    5. Good job Elijah!

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  4. WESTMINSTER WOODS
    Tuesday’s campfire was really fun, I really liked singing songs. The story of trying to avoid monsters was really funny too. The morning after, everyone was doing the crepuscular, nocturnal, duirnal animals “dance”. Another funny thing was the poem. Not the poem itself, but the weird “sounds” after she said the words from the poem.
    I had many parts I liked about Westminster woods, but everything was fun. My favorite recreation time spender for Tuesday and Wensday would be the cargo net, but I transistioned over into gaga ball. The tidepools were very fun. I really liked building our own kind of creature out of materials from around the beach. Another cool thing about the tidepools was the fact that it had huge anemones and we found 2 live sea stars. We found a chiton shell and I found a live, mossy chiton. We mostly saw green anemones with holes in them, but I did find a tiny pink one. The anemone hunt was really exciting. We found crabs eating abalone and we did find some abalone shell fragments and we also found live abalone. We also found some sculipins deep in the tidepools, but we never managed to catch any. We did find one tiny shrimp though. We found a lot of hermit crabs and regular crabs too. The huge tidal waves coming kind of scared me. The fast rising tide too. From the waterfall, I could see that our path of rocks of escape had been comepletely covered by water, but it was a relief that the tide retreated and uncovered them. Going to Armstrong redwoods was fun too. We saw a huge tree and (maybe and possibly only for Petunia’s group) we made a “rhythm” while building a “tree” out of humans. Although, it keep going from rain to shine and back. After lunch, we played a really cool game called camoflauge. We had to hide while whoever was it tried to see us from standing in one spot. We, the prey, had to try and see the secret dance move. If we didn’t get caught, when the game was over, we had to show the secret dance move to everyone. If we didn’t, then we didn’t survive. After, we had a “scavenger hunt” where we had to find species of tree and ferns. I thought that the waterfall was pretty cool too.
    The last day was really fun. We had a delicous breakfast of coffee cake and if I recall correctly then, scrambled eggs? Then we went to the creek and caught some bugs. Then we went to the microscope lab and checked them out. They looked really cool up close! I got a really high resolution on my microscope. We also calculated that the creek was probably healthy, and we used language of uncertainty for that. During the closing, it was really fun sharing what we were going to do when we got back, but also listening to what others would do. Then we had a lunch of delicous pizza and left. It was really fun visiting Westmister woods for part of a week, even though it felt like only one day had passed.

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    1. Good Work Brian! I really enjoyed reading you blog!

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    2. yes Brian we had scrambled eggs.
      -Eric

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    3. I had fun at the tide pools, too Brian. We were cut off from our way back for a brief time. Good thing the tide ebbed!

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    4. Nice job Brian.

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    5. I also liked the story of avoiding monsters, Brian.
      -Eric

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  5. I liked everything at Westminster Woods. I loved getting to see so many sea animals at the tide pools. I got to see many things such as sea urchins, sea anemones, rock crabs, snails, sea stars, abalone, acorn barnacles, and limpets. I really wanted to see a sculpin but I didn’t, but that's okay because I got to see and do a lot more. I also got to go on morning hikes. My favorite morning hike was the one where we got to go across a creek; we had to go across some debris and then we had to go across these two logs that were pretty far apart and then go on this skinny and slippery log and under one of the logs. When I went under the log, I slipped, and I was hanging on for dear life! Later in the week we went back down by the creek to look for animals in the creek. When we were down by the creek, we saw many animals including a baby banana slug. I licked it and then put it on a piece of deer scat that we found earlier, but then I had to save it because it started to crawl into the creek. I also really liked recreation time. I liked going to the cargo net, but it was really psychotic and sometimes crowded. There was also gaga ball. Gaga ball was really fun but sometimes it hurt; one time I was playing gaga ball and when the game started the ball went straight into my face and of course I was out. My eyes had dirt in them and my hands were hurt, but gaga ball was still really fun. The food was really good too. At Westminster Woods, I had the best french toast, bacon, pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, and churrows that i’ve ever had in my life. I think Westminster Woods was the most fun place i’ve ever been, and I wish I could have stayed longer.

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    1. Great blog, Gavin! I agree that Gaga ball sometime hurt.

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    2. The trip did seem to go really fast! With the creek hike, no way were you going into the water; I had you covered! It sounds like you had a good week, Gavin!

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  6. Westminster Woods
    Westminster woods was an incredible experience. A few of the activities that I liked were going to the tide pools at Salt Point, hunting mushrooms with our teacher naturalist, Redwing, going on morning hikes with Mr. La Marr, and, lastly, playing Gaga Ball. Not being able to eat in between meals, however, was mildly disappointing.
    Tide pooling was awesome because we got to see multicolored creatures lining the walls of the tide pools. Some of the creatures, like the Shore-line and Hermit crabs, scuttled. The Shoreline crabs were particularly interesting since one of the crabs was eating an orange blob that my group thought was a limpet. Also, a whole group of crabs were eating a live abalone. The Hermit crabs looked like turban shells until they were picked up. Then, they came out and crawled around. The Hermit crabs were widely found; on the rocks, in the tidepools and on other creatures. In the sand near the tide pools, we saw chitons that were half buried in the ground. I had never seen a chiton but had only heard about them. Before the tidepool preparations, I didn’t even know they existed. The sea anemones were incredible. The colors were like a green sunset. The colors started from the very outside which was green and took on a purple and pinkish tint. Sea anemones appeared super vibrant against all the black and gray in the tide pool. Also, the sea anemones method of catching food was to paralyze the animal, so when I touched one of the tentacles, they closed. The live abalone was a unique find. Our naturalist had never seen one. In the tide pools, I got a chance to have a sea star clip my hair on my arm.
    Hunting mushrooms with Redwing was fun because while trying to look, we would also learn about how different kinds of mushrooms were good and bad. It was really cool to find 51 different kinds of mushrooms in four days. One of my favorite mushrooms was the turkey tail mushroom that could help with cancer.
    When Mr. La Marr took us on a morning hike across the creek, balancing on logs was very fun. Seeing colossal black and yellow centipedes was exciting because I had never seen a real centipede that large. Also, the baby black and neon orange snake was excellent because I have never seen a snake that little or vibrant before.
    Playing Gaga Ball with my friends was definitely a highlight to my trip. Dogging balls, getting dirty, and hitting balls is right up my alley.
    One thing I didn’t like was that in between dinner and breakfast, we could not eat. I would get hungry in the time before breakfast because dinner would have been long before. However, all the food was delicious and you could eat your until you were full.
    Everything about Westminster Woods was amazing ranging from the food to the activities to our recreation time. I would definitely return to Westminster Woods again!

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    1. Great job Naya!

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    2. You have lots of fun details here, Naya, and you did well to explain why you liked the things you discussed. I liked the tide pools and morning hikes, too. Every time I go to the tide pools, it seems like I see something I've never seen before.

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  7. Westminster Woods

    My field trip to Westminster Woods was the best field trip I have ever had. The food there was great, the tidepools were awesome, and the hikes were fun. The playground was huge, gaga ball was the best, and the cargo net was cool. The food at Westminster Woods was my favorite. I really liked breakfasts and dinners there. I liked the potatoes, eggs, pancakes, and sausages for breakfast. And for dinner I liked the pizza and dessert. Tidepools were another thing that I enjoyed. At the tidepools I found crabs, sea stars, and sea anemones. The hikes were cool because I found salamanders, baby snakes, scorpions, banana slugs and many more animals I had never seen before on the hikes. The playground was fun, and I played in it several times. The cargo net and gaga ball were another thing I really enjoyed. Westminster Woods was the best field trip I have ever gone on.

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    1. There are always so many great things to find at the tide pools, Kate. I'm glad you enjoyed Westminster Woods!

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  8. Our trip to Westminster Woods had too many highlights, but there are a few of them I liked the most.

    I loved the tidepools because I got to see many tide pool animals like crabs, sea stars, sea anemone, abalone, and other creatures. I was the first to find a shrimp, which was cool. The shrimp was cute. I also liked finding live abalone, which our naturalists have never seen before.

    I also loved seeing all the tall, giant trees Armstrong Redwoods. While we were there, my trail group was on a hunt for 50 species of mushrooms. Instead, we got 52! I used to not care about mushrooms, but now I love mycology!

    And then the Banana Slugs. I am in the club. They are cute! No more said. Please.

    At recess I loved going to Gaga Ball and the Cargo Net. Together, we played round after round… The cargo net was awesome! We climbed on it, we ran on it, we walked on it, we got scraped, bruised, and got rope burns on it. It was fun and hard trying to balance on the knots of the ropes, and it was entertaining to watch someone stand, and then the next second they fall.

    On the last day, I liked when we got to put creek animals under rocks into cups full of water, and then microscope them. I saw mayflies, water penny beetles, and other creatures. It was exciting to see all the creatures under a microscope, and see a little bit of their anatomy.

    I liked when my trail group, Team Night, got to go on the Challenge Course Balance Beam. We balanced on it for sixteen seconds, which was hard! We had to balance and we were not supposed to move and we did just that.

    I liked the food at camp it was good, and it was not the same as other camps; there’s a variety of different food. In some other camps, the cooks serve the same things every meal. The cooks here also took great care of the food, and it was good quality.

    Westminster was awesome and it is an experience I will not forget.

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    1. Great job of having many big ideas that are supported by your thoughts! The banana slug line is awesome! That line is truly in the style of a blog. Looks like you had a fun experience, Anand!

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  9. Three of my favorite events at Westminster Woods were going to the tidepools on Wednesday, playing freeze tag at recreation time, and crossing Dutch Bill Creek on our morning hike.

    I liked tidepooling at Salt Point. I enjoyed it because I got to see a lot of creatures there. My favorites were probably the crabs and sea anemone. I liked the crabs because I think it was to see them feasting on the abalone and also because I was amazed that there were 3-4 crabs under one rock. How were they not crushed? I liked the sea anemone because of their size and camouflage. I found one that was about one foot long, and it was covered in gravel. I almost stepped on a sea anemone because it looked like it was just gravel there, but at the last second, I realized there was a little bit of green that meant it was an anemone between the gravel.

    I enjoyed playing freeze tag at recreation time on the playground. The playground was stunning because there were lots of hiding places, there were two tires that you could climb to get from the main playground to a higher level, and there were chains that were wrapped in rubber that you could climb. We added a rule that the tagger only wins if he/she finds a pillow and has it for at least 5 seconds. The main players were Mahdi, Eric, Benjamin, Gavin, Dylan P., and me. I enjoyed it because we got to run around tagging each other. Most of the time we were on hikes or sitting down on a bench or chair, so I appreciated a chance to run around.

    We crossed Dutch Bill Creek on one of our morning hikes and walked up to some fish ladders. I enjoyed crossing the creek because it was fun to decide where to step and where to put your hands. We hiked to the “Creek Access” sign and went down to the creek. Then, we crossed the creek using fallen trees, roots, debris, and shrubs. This all formed a “bridge.” Mr. La Marr helped us get across one very slippery part. At one point, we had to cross two fallen trees by putting our hands on one trunk and using our legs to hold on to the other, and we moved across that way. We walked across for about 100 feet, careful not to get caught in poison oak, and then we took a picture at the creek next to the fish ladder.

    Overall, Westminster Woods was very fun, but I thought the best parts for me were tidepooling, playing freeze tag, and crossing Dutch Bill Creek during our morning hike.

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    1. Well organized BIG IDEAS and details, Geoffrey. I liked the creek crossing too. It was great to see you all cross the creek and continue the hike on the other side. It's always great to hike before breakfast!

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    2. GREAT JOB GEOFFREY!

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    3. I agree that the playground was unique.
      -Samrita

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    4. I also liked the morning hikes.
      -Eric

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  10. Westminster Woods
    Westminster woods was the best field trip I have ever been to. Some features I liked were the tidepools of Salt Point, investigating the creek, going on morning hikes, exploring Armstrong Redwoods, and the food.
    Going tidepooling at Salt Point was stupendous because every small water creature I could think of was there, along with several other creatures I didn’t know about. Abalone, sea urchins, hermit crabs, sea anemones, chitons, shoreline crabs, acorn barnacles - they were all there. The most amazing thing I saw at Salt Point was the live abalone. None of our naturalists had seen a live one before! The hermit crabs looked like black acorn barnacles, until we picked them up and found them inside. They lived everywhere, on the sand, under the rocks, and even on other animals. The sea anemones were amazing! They had tentacles that were green on the outer part, and purple on the inner part. When I touched them, they closed around my finger. They blended in by sticking little rocks to them, but when they didn’t have any rocks, they stood out against the dull gray and tan of the tidepools. The chitons there blended in so well, I didn’t see half of them. Before that, I didn’t even know a chiton existed. The tidepools were one of the best experiences I have ever had.
    When our group went to Dutch Bill Creek, it was a sight of nature. There, we studied the life of the creek. It was amazing! At the creek we made rock face paint, with many colors. We found micro animals that we put under magnifying glasses to study them. I found this shrimp/fish/scorpion thing that looked scary under a magnifying glass. We drew what we found in our nature journals. Going to the creek was an incredible experience.
    One of my top favorites from my trip to Westminster Woods was Mr. LaMarr’s morning hikes. The first time, we hiked up to Cross Over Look. It was a long hike up! The sight was amazing! It overlooked all of Westminster Woods. We took a picture with the cross up there. I could smell bacon up there. Our morning hike was a sight of picturesque beauty.
    I think Armstrong redwoods was basically the point of the trip. It was amazing because it hosts some of the largest trees in the world. When I went to Armstrong redwoods, it was the first time I've ever seen coast redwoods. They were huge, and towered above us, and all the other trees surrounding it. The oldest one was the Colonel Armstrong tree, which was 1,400 years old! That’s really old! The tallest tree was the Parson Jones tree, measuring at 310 feet in height! There were goose pens, which were hollow spaces in a tree that’s still living, usually from a fire. There were tons of trees like that, and even more normal trees. Armstrong redwoods was one of my favorite parts of the trip. The food at Westminster Woods was astonishingly good. The first night, I had surprisingly good turkey, and salad. The second,and third days included, french toast, cereal, pancakes, coffee cake, pizza, tacos mashed potatoes, chocolate chip cookies, and churros. The meals at The meals at Westminster Woods were some of the best meals I've ever had.
    Westminster Woods is one of the most amazing places I've ever been to. I am looking forward to going again.

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    1. Hope you like it!

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    2. You said "The meals at" twice but I agree, those were good churros!

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    3. Good job Daniel! I like how many ideas you discussed and the tone of the writing makes the reader want to keep reading. I'm glad you liked the morning hike. Any time we can hike before breakfast is a good thing! I think you had a great trip!

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    4. I like your blog and I also enjoyed the morning hikes.

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    5. I also liked the food.
      -Eric

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  11. At Westminster Woods, I had a splendid time when going to Armstrong Redwoods, seeing all the creatures at the tidepools, and finding and examining the marine life in Dutch Bill Creek.
    I liked Armstrong Redwoods because we got to explore the forest using all our senses, find interesting things like the living stump, and have lunch surrounded by nature. I felt very lucky to see the tallest trees in the world.

    The tidepools, in my opinion, were one of the many highlights of the Westminster Woods field trip. It was interesting to see the unimaginable creatures that live in the tidepools including acorn barnacles, starfish, crabs, and many more creatures. I felt that it was like a big game of hide-and-seek to find the animals.

    Finding marine life in Dutch Bill Creek was equally exciting. The experience, for me, was similar to the tide pools but there were different animals including mayfly larvae, water spiders and water beatles. It became even more fascinating when we got to look under the microscope at the creatures we found. We learned a lot about each creature we caught.

    I enjoyed learning from our naturalists, Redwing, Redwood, and Petunia. And I would like to thank the Westminster Woods staff, my classmates, parents and teacher for this wonderful week.

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    1. Very nice piece of writing, Sami! The organization and vocabulary are excellent. I like your comparison of the tide pools to hide-and-seek. That's a great way to think of that adventure!

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  12. Westminster Woods was the best field trip of 4th grade so it was difficult to choose only a few highlights, but I settled on the two best: gaga ball and tide pooling at Salt Point. Gaga ball was my favorite activity because it was so much fun to hit and dodge the ball whenever it came at me. Tide pooling was amazing because I got to see so many organisms like crabs, live abalone, hermit crabs, sea urchins, and sea stars. Westminster Woods was simply amazing.

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  13. I had a great time at Westminster Woods, seeing all those tide pool animals and ginormous Redwoods. I really liked going to the tide pools. I loved seeing all the sea anemones and watching them stick to your fingers and close. It was also really cool to see the crabs eating the at the dead abalone. I really enjoyed seeing all the seals laying on the rocks. The looked like big pieces of blubber from a good distance. They blend in very well with all the gray/brown rocks but are still noticeable. I enjoyed seeing all these things at the tidepools that some, I had never seen before.

    I also had a great time at Armstrong Redwoods. It was really cool to see Hyperion, a three hundred foot tall tree. I had always had this picture in my mind of how tall I thought the Redwoods were going to be, but when I saw them in person they were way taller than I thought they were. I also really had wanted to see the Armstrong Redwood tree and that was also super tall. I had a super fun time at Armstrong Redwoods and I wished we could have stayed longer and explored more things. The forest theater was also very cool and it would be very fun to maybe come back someday with my family. I had an amazing time at Westminster Woods and hope to eventually come back

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    1. Great comparison of the seals to big pieces of blubber. I think that's kind of what they are! It sounds like you enjoyed your week at camp, Michaela! It's a great place to spend a week!

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    2. I don't remember Hyperion. Didn't the tallest tree at Armstrong Redwoods have a name that was longer.
      -Eric

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  14. Westminster Woods is a great camp that many people should be able to visit. One of my favorite spots was the GaGa pit. I enjoyed the GaGa pit because I was a beginner and never knew GaGa ball even existed. My method was to avoid the ball until the pit was less crowded. When I played I ended up being the last two or three people left, but the other times I got out. I also enjoyed visiting the tide pools. I loved it when the hermit crabs ran across my hand and into the water. We saw many animals on land and in sea. Some of the animals on land were birds and a lizard while a couple of the animals in the water were sea anenome, hermit crabs, sea snails and sea stars.
    Other than participating in fun activities, we had fun during breakfast lunch and dinner. My favorite food was the coffee cake. The sugar made a perfect balance. Yum!

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    2. The coffee cake is always a favorite every year!

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    At Westminster Woods last week, we had lots of fun. It was a very good trip and very exciting. We saw many, many sea creatures at the tide pools. Some of these creatures include: Acorn barnacles, small crabs, mussel shells, chitons, and sea anemone. I liked this because they were fun to watch and very beautiful. My favorite thing, though, was the cargo net. The cargo net is actually what it sounds like. A net that carries cargo, but we can jump on it. It was also kind of freaky because the net is right above a creek. Some people’s shoes fell in the creek! I liked the cargo net best when Mr. LaMarr went on because he made us go really high!
    The food at Westminster woods is AMAZING! (The coffee cake is the best!) It was good because the cooks at Westminster Woods are like pros!
    Westminster Woods was very fun and exciting. We had lots of things to do and we got to do it with our best friends! (And Mr. LaMarr.)

    -Elijah H :)

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    1. The cargo net has given DPM so much fun over the years! I'm glad you liked it when it was bounced.

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  16. Westminster Woods was nothing like I had imagined and thought it would be like. It was my favorite fieldtrip because it was my first overnight fieldtrip in nature. The morning hikes were amazing and were filled with action. For example, my class and I found salamanders under rocks and logs. It was an unbelievable experience, but when I lifted a pretty big rock, to my surprise there was a snake. I was surprised because snakes are rarely seen at Westminster Woods.
    In my opinion, the gaga ball pit was the best activity during recreation. Smacking the ball with my hand and getting the best players out was a lot of fun. Another experience I enjoyed was the cargo net. It was fun trying to stay balanced as Mr. LaMarr shook the net. I “enjoyed” getting rope burns on my leg as my leg fell in the net holes.
    The tide pools where my favorite place from the whole trip. I saw colossal sea anemones, the biggest sea stars I had ever seen, and enormous abalones that were flipped over and being eaten by crabs. The crabs hid very well in the shell of the abalones. Near the tide pools there was a waterfall, even though the water smelled bad, the sight was beautiful.
    Armstrong Redwoods was my second favorite place. I saw the tallest tree in my life, a 310 foot tall redwood. Then I went crawling in a goose pen which was amazing because I was able to see inside of a redwood trunk. My group was lucky enough to see the waterfall that is rarely active. Westminster Woods was a one in a life time experience.

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    1. Great blog, Daniel! You have told a lot of big ideas, and the tone of the writing is one of excitement. It seems you really enjoyed your trip. You wrote that Westminster Woods was nothing like you thought-I hope it was better than you thought it would be!

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    2. It was also my most favorite field trip.
      -Eric

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  18. Westminster Woods was a great experience for me. I enjoyed everything at Westminster Woods. But what I most liked about Westminster Woods was the Tide Pools and the recreation time. I experienced a lot at the Tide Pools. The things I experienced at the Tide Pools were, seeing an abalone. It had tons of crabs in it. That was a great experience for me. Something else I saw in the Tide Pools was a really big sea anemone. It was really cool because I got to stick my finger on one side of it and it closed on my finger. After I touched the sea anemone a hermit crab walked on it, then the sea anemone closed in and tried to eat it. So thats when the hermit crab left the shell and escaped from getting eaten.
    Also one of my favorite things at Westminster Woods was the recreation time. What I thought about gaga ball was that it was fun. This game was really fun because when the ball came to me, I would get a chance to let out my strength to hit the ball. Then to get someone out. Also when it was only are school left it was fun to get each other out. That was my favorite part about gaga ball. Westminster Woods was the best field trip that I have been on.

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  19. Well... we just got back from Westminster Woods and we are writing about what we liked. Personally, I liked all of it. I mean, what’s not to like about it. But by far, my favorite part was tide-pooling.

    Tide Pools: For the tide pools we went to Gerstle Cove, Salt Point. When we got there, we ate lunch, saw some harbor seals, then went tide-pooling. Our naturalist, “Redwing” gave us some tide pool creature bingo. There were four zones for the bingo. There was the splash zone, the high tide zone, the middle tide zone, and the low tide zone. The chiton, which was a sea creature that I was studying in class, was in the middle tide zone. I was really excited when I found one. I saw a sea anemone that was almost as big as my face! I liked all this because I got to see all the tide pool critters in person. I mean, actually seeing the critter that I studied in person was pretty cool. That day was very fun, and I know that I’ll never forget it.

    At Camp: The camp was pretty fun also. 4:00-5:00 was recreation time. They had a playground, a cargo net suspended over a stream, a tree house, and a field. During recreation time, we were allowed to roam around to those places without an adult. From 5:00-5:30 was cabin time. Basically, we just sat around in our cabin until dinner. After dinner was teacher time, where you do stuff with your teacher for an hour. Then it was time for the nighttime activity. The first night there was a campfire, the second there was a night hike, and the last night, there was a watershed activity. During the campfire, we sang songs, we listened to “advice” about identifying bears, and had lots of fun. On the night hike we had a “sparkle party” where we crunched wintermint lifesavers making green sparks in our mouths. We also did a night vision illusion where if you stared into another person's eyes, their heads would disappear! Of course it wasn’t real. And for the watershed activity, I “turned into a mountain” that a “cloud” had to get over by “letting out some of its water”. If you couldn't tell, I got soaked. We also did an activity where we rolled a dice and went to a different area that a droplet of water would be. I liked the camp because I liked the schedule and what we did there. It was very fun. I won't forget the camp because it was something very big about this year for me.

    The 50 Mushroom Hunt!: So the 50 Mushroom Hunt was basically where we had to find 50 species of mushroom while we were there. We were there Tuesday through Friday. By thursday when we went to Armstrong Redwoods we were only at 17 mushrooms. Surprisingly, we made it to 48 when we were there! Our naturalist brought 2 different mushrooms from his house on the last day, completing our goal! We completed our goal, yet the day before, I doubted it. Also our naturalist who was Redwing, is writing a book on mushrooms, so that is why we did the challenge. I liked this because it provided lots of information about mushrooms. I also know that I’ll never forget

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  20. Things I Liked At Westminster Woods!
    I liked many things at Westminster Woods. I really liked the the cargo net which is a giant rope net hanging over a rushing creek about 8 feet below you. People can climb around, jump, walk, or run on the cargo net, or just sit and enjoy the sounds of the forests.
    Another thing I liked at Westminster Woods was the food. The first day for dinner we had a thanksgiving meal. We had french toast for the first breakfast. Other times we had pizza for lunch, pancakes, or coffee cake. We had cheese ravioli or tacos other times for dinner.
    I loved it when we went to the tide pools at salt point where the Russian River connects to the Pacific Ocean. I saw a bunch of sea anemone which cover themselves in gravel. If you step on them they squirt water at you. They also close up if you touch them or step on them. There were a lot of hermit crabs at the tide pools, and the hermit crabs are really cute. At the tidepools we saw a live abalone which is really cool because we were the first class to find a live abalone!!!

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  21. WW. Awesome field trip. Blog

    During my field trip to Westminster Woods, there were many cherishing activities to do ranging from recreational activities to educational activities.

    One of my cherished educational moments is when we went to Salt Point to go tide pooling and found a real abalone. Most of the abalone was dead and was being eaten by hermit crabs at the very moment. It was very memorable because I have never seen a real abalone in my life and neither had my naturalist.

    My cherished counteraction to do during my recreation time was to play gaga ball. Gaga ball was fun for me and many other people in my class because I had never played gaga ball before, I had never seen any game like gaga ball, and the game is really unique. Gaga ball is a game only using your hands. If the gaga ball hits or touches your waist or below, your out. If you use the wall to jump or dodge the ball, you’re out. That's called a grasshopper. You can only use an open hand and hit the ball with your palm. If you hit the ball with a fist or two hands your out.

    One more of my cherished educational activities is the morning hike when crossed Duchbill creek on fallen trees and logs. This was amusing for me because I have never voyaged over a river on logs over a white water creek. The way the debris was naturally designed was stunning for me to look at.

    My field trip to Westminster woods was the time of my life. There were many cherishing things to do even though some of the things were ruined by a storm.

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  22. WHY I LIKE WESTMINSTER WOODS
    Westminster woods is a place to explore. I liked especially, for the food. The food there was great, but also the theme was not to waste food. I liked the ORT (food waste), and because of the ort, people tried not to waste as much as they usually might. My favorite part of the food there was, the share bin. Even though the share bin was only there for a day, people put crackers, capri suns, and some other great foods/drinks in; I consider myself a scavenger, so I took the the tasty snacks in the bin.
    Aside from food, there was recreation time(recess). Recreation time Is when Me,Eric,Benjamin,Geoffory,and Dylan P played protect the pillow (that was strangely for no apparent reason, shaped like a smiling poo.) There was also a gaga ball pit which I liked myself. Gaga ball is a game where people hit a ball with an open hand and try to hit other people’s legs with that ball.



    When we went to go see the creek we saw many creatures, most of them there were banana slugs and water skippers

    What I found interesting was that banana slugs is that they eat scat, and yet many people kissed them anyway.

    When I went to visit the redwoods, I was amazed by how tall these trees are, some are bigger than the statue of liberty! The second I saw a redwood I thought, how hard must have it been for Julia Butterfly to climb one of these?
    I think Westminster Woods is a great place that deserves an exelent review for all of it’s hard work
    BY : MAHDI S.

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  23. Westminster Wood
    From the moment I saw the Westminster Woods sign, I knew this was going to be a good week. What I pictured in my head was nothing (besides the cargo net) compared to what I saw.

    Before when we got into our trail groups, I hoped to be on Redwing’s group, and I was. We saw our first banana slug and guess what, I kissed it! I was part if the banana slug club. We went to cross overlook and the view was amazing. For the last night, we went to cross overlook and
    Then, we moved in our cabins and it was exciting. Most of us were on the top bunk, and I never was on a bunk bed before. It was a squishy room, but my group was used to it. One time at night, it was like 100° in the room! There was lots of graffiti in our cabin. We found more than 10
    Before dinner, we had to do random games to get in the dining hall and it was fun. For the last one, we had to to impressions. The way it works is you need to make a impression of: a fruit following an adjective. I knew I was perfect for that game. The word was… Silly Kiwi. Guess what? I won, no surprise there. The dinner was very good. I Liked everything, especially the tacos. I put hot sauce in my taco, thinking the hot sauce wasn't that hot.
    I never felt so free at recreation time. There was the playground, basketball court, cargo net, treehouse, (good for 20 seconds) and GaGa Ball. The GaGa ball was my favorite. It was like dodgeball, but it is more safe. Dylan and I saw tons of mushrooms on our way to the cargo net. The cargo net was really fun when Mr. La Marr bounces on it.
    We went to the tide pools and I never seen so many crabs in my life! We even saw live abalone, shrimp, sea stars and more. I like jumping on the rocks. It felt like parkour to me. Then, we took a picture at the waterfall, which wasn't really a waterfall
    I loved experiencing the whole trip and being part of it.

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  24. WESTMINSTER’S WOODS
    Westminster’s woods had the best playground, food, and cabins. I also had fun at the tide pools and liked Armstrong Redwoods.
    Westminster’s woods was great. They had the best playground compared to our playground at school. I really enjoyed playing freeze tag on the playground with Geoffrey, Benjamin, Dylan P., and Mahdi because you could hide somewhere and nobody finds you. We didn’t really play freeze tag though; we played get the poop pillow.
    I also liked the food at camp. I liked the scrambled eggs, trail lunches, and the dinners. I liked the food because it was tasty. Also, we got to make sandwiches like at Armstrong Redwoods and the tidepools which tasted really good. I didn’t like the fact that you could only take 1 scoop of this, 2 of that, and stuff when I felt like eating 4 scoops of this.
    I really liked the cabins because they had bunk beds and I really like bunk beds for some reason. My favorite bunk is the top bunk and I got the top bunk. I liked that we had a sliding door so we didn’t have to walk to the bathroom to change our clothes. Instead everybody would go on one side and the person that was changing would go on the other side. Then we would close the door. I liked that instead of going to the bathroom to change because the bathroom is really loud.
    I like the morning hike. I liked crossing the debris bridge because I could actually have fun crossing it; not like a regular bridge where you just cross it. I also liked looking for salamanders because I could flip over rocks and see what else there was other than salamanders. We found mountain scorpions which according to Mr. La Marr is really lucky. I liked the scorpions because I never saw a real-life scorpion before and the scorpions alone filled me with awe. Someone also found a snake which also filled me with awe because I have never seen a snake before. When someone found the snake it was curled up and it was tiny, but when it uncurled and stared moving it was really long and that surprised me. It was great.
    The tidepools were one of the best things at Westminster’s woods. I saw the live mussel Parker H. found, a live chiton, acorn barnacles on almost every rock, and the live abalone. I liked it because I’ve seen abalone shells, but not abalone that has meat with a hermit crab eating the abalone. I also didn’t like the tidepools because the tide was too high and I didn’t find a sea star.
    I liked Armstrong Redwoods. I liked it because that gave me a chance to get some good pictures. It also gave me a chance to hike. I liked the waterfall there and their tallest tree. When it was raining the redwoods protected us because of their thick canopy. That was good because if the redwoods didn’t have the thick canopy we would’ve been soaked. I liked that.
    I liked the cargo net, but the problem was that the holes were too big and my leg kept falling through. I didn’t like the cargo net on the last day because it was soggy like a wet sponge. If I fell (which I did) it hurt way more.
    Overall, I think Westminster’s woods is the best field trip ever.

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  25. Westminster Woods was a very exhilarating adventure. A few of the activities I appreciated were the tidepools, the morning hikes with Mr.LaMarr, the Cargo net and finally Gaga ball. Tidepooling was prodigious because we got to see many awesome and cool marine critters and invertebrates covering almost every rock. Me, Daniel.H, and Gavin spotted a lot of high tide hermit crabs along the shore-line. We saw one in a little crevice in a rock eating something that supposedly looked like a limpet. We also saw some hermit crabs because all three specialists, Redwing(David), Redwood(Rebecca), And Petunia(Philip), had never seen that before. Hermit crabs were usually found in dense areas in rocks and the tend to be found outside of water. Another one of the critters was I liked were the chitons. I got to pick up a purple chiton, about as small as a recyclable water bottle cap. Anand and I found a brown chiton, about as big as a water bottle itself, but sadly it wouldn’t come off. We were about to show it to the naturalists but that was when high tide started rolling in, so we couldn’t. Sea anemones were also incredible because they had many unique characteristics which made them almost invincible.One of the invincible properties was their contrast of predator and prey. Sea anemones could paralyze their predator and eat them alive. They also looked very powerful with their purple, pink, and neon colors. I also loved the sea stars because they have many unknown facts.
    I liked the morning hikes because we discovered many different critters. I think the black scorpion was really cool because it was having a fight with a black and neon snake.

    Another one of my favorite activities was the Cargo net. I liked it because it acquired a lot of skill and practice to stand up. Owen and I played a game where we have to touch each side ten times without falling, though Owen nor me made it.

    The Gaga pit was very satisfying. Although I only figured out on the last day because I spent all my time on the Cargo net. Gaga ball is a game where someone hits the ball with an open hand, and if the ball hits another person their waist they’re out.

    Westminster Woods was an extremely fun field trip.

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  26. Westminster Woods!

    I loved Westminster Woods! There were wide open spaces and so many different structures to play on! I also played freeze tag on the playground. We had to protect a poop plushie from the tagger while trying to survive! I liked the campfire where we sang silly songs and heard a funny story. The story was about someone trying to reach the restroom in the middle of the night while “monsters” attempted to grab and eat him! The next morning, my classmates were singing, “Crepuscular, nocturnal, and diurnal animals.” I also loved the tidepools at Salt Point! It was very interesting to see animals in the tidepools that I’ve never seen in person before! I saw sea anemones, chitons, and lastly, hermit crabs. I even saw crabs eating an abalone! In addition, I liked hiking at Armstrong Redwoods. I was awestruck by the gigantic, majestic redwoods that are the tallest trees in the world! I enjoyed our hike to Dutch Bill Creek. It was fun to look at and study the aquatic animals with a magnifying glass. My group had some free time, so we rock face-painted ourselves! Other classmates decided to look for more aquatic creatures. Westminster Woods was just amazing!

    Westminster Woods was totally different than what I was expecting. I was expecting it to be boring to be without screens, or I would miss my mom terribly. But when I first saw how big the playground was, I knew that other things I thought about Westminster Woods would likely be different too. I was right. The cabins were much nicer than I expected. The dining hall was bigger and the food was much better than I thought it would be. Even the trails were different than I expected. Luckily, It didn’t take long to navigate through the campus. Westminster Woods also has a variety of things to do at recreation time, such as climbing on the cargo net and playing Ga-Ga Ball. I was not bored without screens and I didn’t miss my mom at Westminster Woods with all of the fun I was having.

    I loved my naturalists, Petunia, Redwing, and Redwood. They were teaching us in such a funny and silly way! I learned so much about wildlife such as salmon and salamanders from them. I also saw some of my classmates lick and kiss a banana slug!

    I loved Westminster Wood’s food. There was a good selection of food to choose from. I especially enjoyed the coffee cake. On the last day for lunch, my classmates and I ate square-cut pizza. Then we left Westminster Woods. I wish we could’ve stayed there a little longer. If we could go to Westminster Woods again, I would happily go back.

    I thank all of our chaperones, my naturalists, and finally, my teacher, Mr. Lamarr for this wonderful experience.

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  27. What I liked About Westminster Woods:


    Westminster Woods was the most amazing and fun field trip I’ve ever been on. One of my favorite things was the food. The camp food was amazing! It was some of best food I’ve ever had. My favorite meal was the last breakfast where we had eggs, hash browns, fruit, and COFFEE CAKE.

    Another thing I liked was the night hike. I liked the night hike because we had the chance to do a solo hike through the redwood forest. We got out of our comfort zone in doing this. I also liked the night hike because we got to see a bunch of different constellations.

    The Ga-Ga Pit was very fun and exciting. I really liked Ga-Ga ball because I had experience. Since I had experience, I didn’t do half bad. I also liked it because I got to play it with all of my classmates. One day it had rained, so the Ga-Ga Pit was very muddy. This made the game really fun.

    The Cargo Net was also very fun. The Cargo Net is a huge net that people can climb on. It was extremely fun one day when Mr. La Marr got on the Cargo Net and started shaking it trying to knock kids over.

    We, our class, did a lot of hiking at camp. The hiking was especially fun because we had an amazing naturalist. My naturalist’s name was Petunia, AKA Philip. I liked him because he talked with us a lot and kept us very entertained with games or riddles. He also taught us a lot about coast redwoods.

    The tidepools were very fun for me. I liked the tidepools because we got to see a bunch of animals in their natural habitat. Our class saw abalone. That was amazing because our naturalist who has studied tidepools for a long time has never seen live abalone. I also found an army of small crabs feasting on abalone.
    My class found many banana slugs. I along with many others are in the Banana Slug Club. To get into the Banana Slug Club I had to lick a banana slug. I also kissed a banana slug. The problem with that is that the slug gives off slime when it feels threatened. The slime numbed my mouth and I couldn’t feel the tip of my tongue for the rest of the day.

    The morning hikes were very fun to me. I liked the morning hikes because during them our class found salamanders, scorpions, millipedes, and snakes. I also liked these hikes because we crossed a creek and saw a salmon ladder. I also lost a water bottle in the rapids.

    Westminster Woods was by far my favorite field trip ever, and will be for years to come.

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  28. A few of the things I loved most about Westminster Woods…
    Going to Salt Point and adventuring the tide pools was so fun! It was really cool getting to make sea creatures out of seashells on the little beach area. The tide pooling was the best! The tide pools were filled with so many of the creatures I studied in class. Like crabs, mussels, sea anemones, sea slugs, abalone (mostly dead ones), and barnacles. My most favorite creatures were the rock crabs and the hermit crabs. I also saw two waterfalls. It was exciting to be able to get so close. I have never been that close to one. Seeing all of this in person was fascinating and I really enjoyed my adventures here.
    I also enjoyed camp. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. I had never been to camp before. The campfire was fun. It was nice meeting people from other schools and seeing an old classmate. I enjoyed staying in a cabin and being with my friends. I really liked recreation time. I liked that there were so many different things for us to do and play on. Playing gaga ball in the gaga pit was my most favorite. I didn’t win much, but I still enjoyed getting people out. The cargo net, tree house, and huge playground were great. I had so much fun with all of it!
    Going to Westminster Woods, was a great experience! It will be a memory I have forever!

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  29. Westminster Woods was amazing. There was a cargo net, gaga ball pit, creek, maze, basketball court, microscope lab, challenge course canyon, and an amazing playground, and many other things.

    My favorite thing to do was the cargo net which is a basically a giant trampoline but even better! My favorite thing to do on the cargo net was the challenge when my teacher came on he shook the cargo net and I tried to stay standing. I also really enjoyed spider tag. What I didn’t care for on the cargo net was getting rammed into. Sometimes when one person falls it creates a line of human dominoes.

    Gaga Ball was AMAZING!!! Gaga Ball is where you hit the ball with your hands and try not to get hit with the ball by your legs.

    I loved the creek because if you take some sandstone and get it wet and take another rock and scrape that rock on the sandstone you get a paste. If you put the paste on your face you can it’s like putting on facepaint.
    In the creek I loved to catch critters. The fun part was when I got to go to the microscope lab and look at the critters under microfication.

    I loved the challenge course canyon because they have this big slab of wood that isn’t center where you need to see how long you can keep the wood off the ground.

    The morning hikes were so amazing!!! I got to go to the creek, cross the creek, and the view was amazing.

    I wish I could live at Westminster Woods.I will never forget Westminster Woods.

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  30. I had alot of fun during cabin time. I enjoyed cabin time because it was time that we could be silly, play games, and get to know our cabinmates better. Something I really enjoyed was playing a game called “Roman Senatar’’ which was basicaly one of us shining our flashlight on sombody and saying, “Roman Senatar, Roman Senatar getting ready for bed, Roman Senatar, Roman Senatar in his sleeping bag.’’ Another fun thing that my cabin did which took us along time to solve was this riddle/game where my cabinmates made me mop up slobber with my beutiful hair and take a shirt off of a humongus slobberry guy and then they decided to save my friend who got hit by a button and they left me sitting in a pile of barf!!!!!!! This was all fake. Overall I think cabin time was one of the best times at Westminster Woods.

    I also had a ton of fun at the campfire. Something every body enjoyed was singing and dancing to cruuuuuuuupuscular nocturnal and diernal animals. The dance to this is where you move your arms in and out and say the words above while shaking your butt. Another thing that made me bust a gut was the “poem” where one of the staff said the lines and two of the staff hid behind trees saying funny stuff. One of the lines was, “And the sound of a deer quietly communicating with a banana slug.” then in the backround we heard, “Move out of the way slimeball!” This made the campfire one of the best times of my life.
    There was also the day that we spent at the tidepools. The tidepools were fun because when my hiking group went down to the beach our naturaulists petunia (BEST naturalist EVER) we got to make little creatures and explain their diets, adaptations, habbitats ect. My creature was called a boatcacalacalac. I also had a ton of fun teasing sea anemones and looking at crabs. Another cool thing was we saw an abolone in its shell getting eaten by like 12 crabs it was insane! There was also what looked like a stream of moss which makes you wonder, “how did that get there?” I think the tide pools were a great experiance.

    In all I think My class agrees that westminster woods is the best field trip/ place ever! I definetly recomend going there. Westminster Woods Y’all!!!!


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  31. Westminster Woods

    Westminster Woods was an entertaining field trip where I got to learn, socialize, and eat tasty food. We had afternoon programs and night time activities. We had recreation time, which was an hour of free time, cabin time, and morning hikes. However, If I had to single out any activities, it would be, our arrival, tide pooling, gaga ball, and the cargo net.
    I really liked when we first got to Westminster Woods. When we arrived, we got to go to the playground. They have a GIGANTIC playground. They had a rope bridge, tire swing, pirate ship, monkey bars, bouncy bridge, and a tire bridge. I really liked the rope bridge and tire swing. There were two ways to get to the tire swing, through the deck or hull. You can get through the deck because there is a hole. The thing separating the tire swing from the deck is a tire. To get to the tire swing, you must climb down with the tire for grip. To get back up, you have to climb up, then again, using the tire for grip. To get through the hull is easy. There is a hole that you walk through. Then you are at the tire swing. I spent most of my playground time at the rope bridge. It is a bunch of ropes that you can fall from, but at the side there is things to stabilize yourself.
    I also loved the cargo net. I liked the cargo net because if you want to you, can develop a skill. The skill was how to stand, walk, and run. Mr. La Marr would shake the cargo net hard for the people who developed that skill. Usually I fell down, but sometimes I stayed on my feet. Also, there was a challenge for people who could stand and walk. You have to get from one side of the cargo net to the other. There also was the double, triple, and even quadruple cargo net challenge, which is to get back, and forward again and on.
    I liked gaga ball, even though I didn’t play it that much. The objective of the game was to be the last person without getting hit in the legs with the ball. Our class won many of times. What I mean by that is the amount of times individual students from our class won total is a lot. Only one person can win.
    The reason I am saving tide pooling for last is because it was definitely my favorite part. First, we arrived. We had lunch with our naturalist, Petunia, who I really appreciated. He gave our hiking group apples and told us we could get into the hardcore club. To get into the hardcore club you have to eat every single part of an apple except the stem. After we ate, we hiked down to the tidepool. The tidepool was great! We got to explore for five minutes then we learned. We talked about smart parts and smart moves for plants and animals. Then we got to explore more! They handed me an identification sheet for plants and animals. Most of the things I found were small, but some were really big. I found some small crabs and anemones. The small anemones looked exactly like gravel, so people had them mistaken for a place to put their feet, but some did it purposely. When people “accidentally” stepped on tiny sea anemones, water would squirt up. I also found huge anemones which were the same, except bigger, and didn’t look like gravel. I also found miniature snails. I also liked the tidepools because I never really understood the variety of animals. Also, they are very interesting.
    Westminster Woods was a very enjoyable trip and I was glad I got to go. However, it was good to get back.

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