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  • 1. Nature Trek With Venise Baxter & Stephanie Frenchik
  • 2. Dear Mrs. Bywaters & the APES, <ul><li>So we decided to go on what we’d call a little “nature trek” to some of the country’s most beautiful spots. We had a lot of fun and took a few pictures along the way, hope you enjoy our presentation as much as we enjoyed our trip! </li></ul><ul><li>- Venise & Stephanie </li></ul>
  • 3. PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST <ul><li>First Stop </li></ul>
  • 4. Information <ul><li>Pisgah National Forest is a National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina </li></ul><ul><li>The Pisgah National Forest covers 510,119 acres of mountainous terrain in the southern Appalachian Mountains, including parts of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Balsam Mountains </li></ul><ul><li>The Pisgah National Forest was established in 1916, one of the first national forests in the eastern United States </li></ul>
  • 5. Day One <ul><li>8 am – Wake Up! </li></ul><ul><li>9 am – Head out to Mount Michell (the highest mountain east of the Mississippi River) </li></ul><ul><li>10 am – Begin the hike up Mount Michell with climbing instructor Charles </li></ul><ul><li>6 pm – Settle in at a cabin at the base of Mount Michell </li></ul><ul><li>9 pm – Off to bed early! </li></ul>
  • 6. Day Two <ul><li>10 am – A later wake up due to the previous long hiking trip </li></ul><ul><li>11 am – On the road to meet up with instructor Jill Banks for a bird watching trip </li></ul><ul><li>1 pm – Lunch break, Then back to checking out those birds </li></ul><ul><li>5 pm – Return to the cabin for dinner and smores </li></ul><ul><li>9 pm – Bed Time! </li></ul>
  • 7. Day Three <ul><li>8 am – Rise and shine! </li></ul><ul><li>10 am – Head out to Lake Powhatan for water skiing and wake boarding </li></ul><ul><li>12 am – Meet up with Drake, our motor boat driver </li></ul><ul><li>5 pm – Head back to the cabin for dinner and some relaxation time </li></ul><ul><li>9 pm – Bed time! </li></ul>
  • 8. Day Four <ul><li>7 am – Early wake up in order to beat the crowds at Slippery Rock! </li></ul><ul><li>9 am – Arrive at slippery rock, a natural waterslide </li></ul><ul><li>11 am – Spend the day at the waterfalls of Pisgah National Forest </li></ul><ul><li>2 pm – Picnic with all former instructors from throughout the week </li></ul><ul><li>6 pm – Head back to the cabin </li></ul><ul><li>9 pm – Bed time! </li></ul>
  • 9. BIRCH CREEK NATIONAL WILD RIVER <ul><li>Second Stop </li></ul>
  • 10. Information <ul><li>Birch Creek National Wild River flows from the Steese National Conservation Area into the Yukon Flats in central Alaska. </li></ul><ul><li>The river offers one-week float trips. Floaters can access both ends of the Wild River segment from BLM recreation sites along the Steese Highway. </li></ul><ul><li>The Bureau of Land Management manages 110 miles of upper Birch Creek as a wild river under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The river continues through state, private and Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge land for a total of 344 miles before flowing into the Yukon River about halfway between Fort Yukon and Beaver. </li></ul>
  • 11. Day One <ul><li>8am – Wake up! </li></ul><ul><li>9 am – Take the Steese Highway from Fairbanks to milepost 94 </li></ul><ul><li>0.2-mile gravel road leads down to the Upper Birch Creek Wayside </li></ul><ul><li>11 am – Go canoeing down the river with our instructor, Jack </li></ul><ul><li>5 pm – Stop for dinner at welcome cabin </li></ul><ul><li>7pm – Head back to camp </li></ul><ul><li>10pm – Lights Out! </li></ul>
  • 12. Day Two <ul><li>8 am – Wake up! </li></ul><ul><li>9 am – On the road again… </li></ul><ul><li>11 am – Rafting with Jack </li></ul><ul><li>5 pm – Dinner and social hour at the welcome cabin </li></ul><ul><li>8 pm – Head back to camp </li></ul><ul><li>10 pm – Bed time! </li></ul>
  • 13. Day Three <ul><li>8 am – Wake up! </li></ul><ul><li>9 am – Head out </li></ul><ul><li>11 am – Go float boating with Bubba </li></ul><ul><li>6 pm – Dinner at the Welcome Lodge </li></ul><ul><li>8 pm – Depart from Birch Creek </li></ul>
  • 14. Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge <ul><li>Third Stop </li></ul>
  • 15. Information <ul><li>Newly established, 1997 </li></ul><ul><li>Presently there is about 6,000 acres that has been purchased; plans call for the total refuge to be about 50,000 acres </li></ul><ul><li>It is being founded to preserve valuable undeveloped coastal wetland and adjacent uplands that provide habitats for many species of wildlife </li></ul><ul><li>The Red-cockaded woodpecker calls this refuge home, it is endangered </li></ul><ul><li>The refuge acts as a nesting ground for bald eagles as well as Swallow-tailed Kites </li></ul>
  • 16. Day One <ul><li>9 am – Wake up! </li></ul><ul><li>10 am –Visit the educational nature center and learn about endangered species and other animals that reside in the refuge </li></ul><ul><li>2 pm – Go for a Jog on the nature trails </li></ul><ul><li>4 pm – Attended a bird tagging seminar and learn about the process </li></ul><ul><li>6 pm – Return to the cabin for dinner and a camp fire </li></ul><ul><li>10 pm – Lights out! </li></ul>
  • 17. Day Two <ul><li>9 am - Wake up! </li></ul><ul><li>11 am – Get geared up for the day long fishing/canoe trip </li></ul><ul><li>4 pm – Attend an Environmental education seminar on the importance of biodiversity </li></ul><ul><li>6 pm – Movie under the stars, followed by a camp fire </li></ul><ul><li>10 pm – Bed time! </li></ul>
  • 18. Day Three <ul><li>9 am – Wake up! </li></ul><ul><li>10 am – Morning Run </li></ul><ul><li>12 pm – Volunteer with planting trees, and improving the refuge </li></ul><ul><li>3 pm – Paddle boating trip </li></ul><ul><li>5 pm – Lakeside dinner </li></ul><ul><li>8 pm – Bed Time! </li></ul>
  • 19. MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK <ul><li>Fourth Stop </li></ul>
  • 20. Information <ul><li>Mount Rainier National Park was established on March 2, 1899, and encompasses 235,625 acres, ranging in elevation from 1,610' to 14,410' above sea level </li></ul><ul><li>The &quot;mountain&quot; is an active volcano enclosed in over 35 square miles of snow and ice, surrounded by old growth forest and stunning wildflower meadows </li></ul><ul><li>President McKinley signed the park into existence, and it became the nation’s fifth national park </li></ul><ul><li>There are over a 1000 species that thrive in this park, due to its preservation </li></ul>
  • 21. Day One <ul><li>7 am – Good morning America! </li></ul><ul><li>8 am – Go for a run on the 6 mile long, Crystal Lakes trail </li></ul><ul><li>11 am – Go boating on Tipsoo Lake </li></ul><ul><li>4 pm – Went on a “Junior Ranger” trip </li></ul><ul><li>7 pm – Retired to White River campgrounds for fun and games … </li></ul><ul><li>9 pm – and eventually sleep </li></ul>
  • 22. Day Two <ul><li>8 am – Wake up! </li></ul><ul><li>9 am – Have breakfast at the Sunrise Lodge </li></ul><ul><li>11 am – Go biking with our instructor, Jayme </li></ul><ul><li>3 pm – Go walking around the Ohanapecosh Area with a group of visitors </li></ul><ul><li>6 pm – Retire at the Paradise Inn for food, game night… </li></ul><ul><li>10 pm – And sleep of course </li></ul>
  • 23. Day Three <ul><li>9 am – Sunrise! </li></ul><ul><li>10 am – Breakfast in the lobby </li></ul><ul><li>12 pm – Out to go mountain climbing with Jake and Shawn </li></ul><ul><li>4 pm – Head to get a photography permit (since we were accidentally illegally taking pictures) </li></ul><ul><li>5 pm – Go frolic in Paradise Area </li></ul><ul><li>6 pm – Switching lodging again, heading to the National Park Inn </li></ul><ul><li>7 pm – Spend tons of money at the gift shop </li></ul><ul><li>8 pm – Enjoy dinner by the enormous fireplace in the corner </li></ul><ul><li>9 pm – Sleep time! </li></ul>
  • 24. Day Four <ul><li>9 am – Wake up and check out of the Inn </li></ul><ul><li>10 am – Enjoy the continental breakfast in the lobby </li></ul><ul><li>11 am – Buy more trinkets and take more pictures (this time of the hotel staff) </li></ul><ul><li>12 pm – Visit the Longmire Museum </li></ul><ul><li>4 pm – Head out of the Mount Rainier National Park, for good </li></ul>
  • 25. We enjoyed our trip, <ul><li>We hope you learned as much as we did about these protected lands. We’re back home in Virginia Beach though! Thanks again for coming with us… well figuratively at least. </li></ul><ul><li>-Venise & Stephanie  ☺ </li></ul>

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