We enjoyed a wonderful day at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, September 21st. We first visited the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, a life-size replica of Chinook housing. Refuge staff presented an introduction to Chinook life of a few hundred years ago. Students explored and marveled at the tools, furs, artwork, and accommodations.
After lunch, we joined the folks from the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership for a canoe tour up Lake River. Though many students were nervous at first, they soon relaxed due to the stability of the big canoes, and began to enjoy the adventure. We saw great blue herons, a bald eagle, belted kingfishers, swallows, hawks, gulls, and evidence of beaver. Best of all, the rowers worked together to propel our crafts smoothly through the water!
View pictures from our expedition at https://picasaweb.google.com/100193003652266897653/RidgefieldFieldTripSeptember212011