Expedition to Yellowstone

By: 
Savana Warburton
Special to the Outlook
Courtesy photo.  The fifth grade class at Joliet Elementary School took a trip to Yellowstone National Park March 31-April 3.

I am in the fifth grade at Joliet Elementary School. My classmates and I were able to take a trip to Yellowstone National Park on March 31—April 3. We are so lucky that our community supported us by buying pies and other treats to help raise money for the trip and that Joliet Foods and Joliet School donated lots of food and drinks.
Since the beginning of the year we have been preparing for our trip by learning about things specific to Yellowstone such as the hydrothermal features and the different animals and habitats we would see. In social studies, we learned about the history of Yellowstone and the parties like the Hayden Survey of 1871. We worked very hard writing our own legends in reading to present to each other around the campfire on our trip.
We stayed three nights in Lamar Valley at the Buffalo Ranch. Our days went like this: wake up, get ready go to the bunkhouse, make your lunch and pack your daypack. Each day a different clan (group of students) would make and clean up our meals. We would make announcements for the day before we ate breakfast. We hiked to a different place each day. We went to places including Mammoth Hot Springs, Lamar River, or just around the Buffalo Ranch. When we were finished with our hike, some people took showers, some people cooked dinner and some people wrote in their journals. When dinner was ready, just like breakfast, we made announcements. Every night after dinner we had class. Class was fun, we would do things like pretend we were in a time machine and  learn about skulls and classify them. Then we get ready to go to bed and lights out at 9:30 p.m.! On the last night of Expedition Yellowstone, we had our campfire where all the clans presented their legends. They were all very creative and funny. The rangers then gave us a bison horn and we passed it around and told our favorite memory about the weekend. Here are a couple of my classmates favorite memories:
Ben Miller said, “seeing the travertine terraces and learning about bacteria.”
Shiyan Kirby, said, “being able to spend time with my friends.”
George Warburton (aka dad) (chaperone) said,”definitely the wildlife, the hiking and learning about the geology and activity in Yellowstone.”
And, my personal  favorite part was the hiking and getting to make our own food.

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