Nature News: Lesson learned – enjoying nature in shorts is not always enjoyable

Thore rests along a trail in the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and enjoys the scenic view of the Flint Hills.

Photo thanks to Taylor.

 

 

By Thore, LHS Junior

In October my English class and I went to the Flint Hills and the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.

We started our trip at 7:30 in the morning. It was pretty early, but in the end we needed all the time.

So it was for the first time in my life I visited the Tallgrass Prairie, probably because nobody really wants to go to this place. I mean we are all busy and who has enough time to spend a whole day to see a little bit of nature?

We started early and after one hour passed our first goal: Subway. We planned to take some subs for lunch, because there is no cafeteria among the tall grasses in the prairie.

After we arrived we had a short introduction about the animals and plants found in the prairie. The ranger gave us a lot of information, a little bit too much for a German foreign exchange student who has problems with his English. Way too much information for a teenager and trust me, there are things in the world that are much more exciting to teenagers than “grass”.

But, that’s only what I thought at the beginning! Finally we were done and we could start walking the trail. Our English teacher told us that this was going to be a long trip, and even though that was the first nature trail I walked in my life, it was also pretty much the longest I ever walked!

I really looked forward to seeing my first buffalo, but the only animals we saw were birds and a deer. Maybe next time. At the middle of the trail the best part began: LUNCH. It is great to eat lunch after a three-mile walk, in between some pretty good looking kinds of grasses and in the fresh air.

Slowly we finished with the trail and my legs started hurting. One of the most important things I learned is to never wear shorts in the prairie. And I’m pretty sure the Indians didn’t do it, either.

I think in the end we all were happy that we went on this trip and we all learned to enjoy nature.

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Nature News is a project of the Lyndon High School English III class taught by Heather Fuller, who teaches English, drama and forensics. Along with the study of the works of famous authors, the junior students are learning about community-based writing. Coursework includes writing about subjects that will benefit readers. In Nature News, they plan to report on topics about appreciation of nature, using nearby Jones Park Trail as a learning tool.

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