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Cedar Creek Ranch

Quarter 3 Update:
 

We can learn a lot about animals by the clues they leave behind! While snowshoeing around the ranch this winter, students searched for animal tracks and other animal signs such as nests, chewed food and scat. We discovered that many birds and mammals are active all winter long. These animals have super powers that help them to survive the cold Wisconsin climate. One of these adaptations is being able to maintain a constant body temperature using different types of insulation such as feathers, fur or thick layers of fat. Understanding insulation can help us better prepare for winter weather, not only when choosing which clothes to wear but also when building primitive shelters outdoors.
 

In S.T.E.M. we have been learning about owls and their many adaptations that make them excellent predators. We dissected owl pellets to find out which prey animals make up an owl’s diet. Owl pellets are made up of the bones, fur and feathers that are not digested in the owl’s stomach or gizzard. By learning some of the major bones in our own skeletal system, we can begin to piece together the tiny skeletons left behind in the owl pellets and determine if the owl ate a rodent, bird or some other small animal.
 

Looking Ahead to Spring!
 

In the coming weeks, we will begin tapping maple trees, hatching chicken eggs, and starting seeds for the garden. We will also practice firebuilding and other outdoor skills as our older students begin their “trip journey” in Quarter 4.

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Trail Bridge
Trail Bridge

Student Built Bridge over Cedar Creek

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Farm House/Gazebo
Farm House/Gazebo

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Garden
Garden

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Trail Bridge
Trail Bridge

Student Built Bridge over Cedar Creek

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