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Spring Hike for 4th–6th Graders

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Saturday, June 1, 2019 will be our annual Spring Hike for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.

Plan to deliver your child to the church parking by 8:45 a.m. for a 9:00 departure. We will bring the children home at the end of the day, usually between 5:00 and 6:30 p.m., depending on the weather, the endurance—of the adults, and the number of volunteer parents sharing the driving duties.  Friends may be invited, but for planning purposes, we need to know names and contact information for everybody who is coming.  If you come as a parent volunteer, (we need lots of chaperones and drivers), your younger child can be invited.  

We will be hiking either Pike Island, Sibley House or Crosby Lake Park—whichever is not under water!  Pike Island is located within Ft Snelling State Park.  Vehicles coming in need to get a daily permit (or if you plan to go to that or other parks, a yearly State Park sticker.)  Fauna and flora are abundant and some of them follow the hikers home.  Some are involuntary like ticks and burrs while others are deliberate as in sticks, shells, stones, bones, flotsam, jetsam as well as small live reptiles, insects and amphibians.  

A $10 donation is requested to cover food, drinks, photos and park permits for drivers.  Personal back packs are helpful for the kids in carrying the collections (to avoid the awkward, “can you hold this 10# log for me until we get back to the van?”).  Kids are also requested to share the load by carrying the drinks and snacks.

Many kids also carry phones or cameras but, parents, please take into account that it is a wild hike with swamps, beaches, cliffs and trees begging to be climbed.  That also brings up the issue of proper equipment.  Assume that shoes will come back irretrievable muddy—leave the expensive sneakers in the closet.  Long pants are wise regardless of the temperature because there are nettles and poison ivy.  (A hot shower when they get home with lots of soap will get the toxins off and allow inspection for hitchhiking arthropods.)

Please let us know with a yes or a no regarding whether your child—and you—will be coming.  Contact Ross Olson at ross@rossolson.org.

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