Isle City Academy Charter School of Cumberland Visits the Barrens

posted May 31, 2018, 6:36 PM by Larry Leef
May 8, 2018 - I met up with Tirzah and her assistant Ms. Johnson (can't remember her first name) after 10am on Tuesday. The teachers drove the bus and there were 27 kids of different ages, I'm guessing maybe 8th to 12th grade as it’s a charter school. I led them to the north sharp-tailed grouse blind where I read some of the notes left by the latest observers and explained the STG mating ritual. They seemed interested in the mating ritual and had a few questions. We then moved to the east STG blind and did the same thing. Tirzah said that she was returning early Wednesday morning with 5 kids; there would be 3 people each in the north and east blinds. She was coming back on Thursday morning with more kids as she had reserved all 3 blinds.

I then led them through the barrens and on to the clubhouse past the recently burned quarter section. Here I had a large map and explained the barrens areas, the importance of the habitat, why prescribed burns were necessary, etc. There were a few questions and all in all the group of kids were well behaved and interested.

 

Since they were all teachers and students, I thought we should stop at the foundation of the old Forest Home School and I passed out the sheet that explains that the school opened in 1906 and closed in 1933 and that the first teacher earned $45 a month. Note: Here's where we found many pasque flowers and some photos were taken.

 

Then we proceeded down to the little Evergreen Cemetery as generally people of all ages enjoy cemeteries and some took photos of the nice granite memorial. Then we stopped at the Namekagon canoe landing for lunch as there are toilets and a picnic table. Lastly I led them up the hill to the south unit, and then sent them south on Namekagon Trail to get to Hwy 77. It was a good group and a good outing for all.

Submitted by Vern Drake

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