“I liked the seclusion in the back and seeing the turtles,” junior student Star said, adding she learned how to identify growing water lilies.
Liam and Colin said it was interesting to learn about the tannins, organic matter that turns the water an ice tea color. Conveniently, the tannins also act as a natural mosquito repellent!
Many students mentioned this was their first time out on a kayak and they enjoyed spending their day on the water splashing with their friends and learning about the river.
“I liked hearing about the cone on the wood duck boxes that prevent any other animals from getting in,” Kaiden, another student, said. Wood ducks were once on the verge of extinction due to market hunting, but wood duck boxes act as safe homes for the creatures and helped stabilize their population.