Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park: Slugs

This Story and Stroll program at Tryon Creek State Park was all about slugs. This park is known for banana slugs, but non-native species as well. The kids were read a story by Ranger Cristal – Some Smug Slug – before heading out on the trail to search for those slimy, stretchy, little creatures.

Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park

Story time

Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park

Some Smug Slug

Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park

The search begins

Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park

Not a slug, but interesting still

Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park

The search continues

Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park

We rolled over a log to look for slugs

Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park

Patrick found some slug eggs (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slug#Reproduction)

Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park

Mushrooms

Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park

Learning about slug anatomy

Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park

Their activity was to pretend a filing stick was a slug’s many-toothed tongue and to rub a hole into a leaf

Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park

We picked the invasive English Ivy for this task

Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park

And we found a slug; here’s Patrick showing it off

Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park

How long is it?

Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park

It’s a baby banana slug

Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park

The sun was out, always a bonus

Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park

Teaching about slug mucus with hand sanitizer and glue; they have two kinds (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slug#Mucus)

Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park

Sunlit moss

Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park

Education materials

Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park

Another find, a millipede

Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park

Found a snail, the ranger talked about it being related to slugs, tried to coax it out of its shell with no luck

Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park

Stumptown!

Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park

At least this one (the only one we have visited; wait, no, we’ve been to Ecola State Park on the coast)

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2 Responses to Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park: Slugs

  1. Daniele says:

    What a great experience for them! You made it into a true investigation to foster their curiosity.

  2. darwinsbulldog says:

    Thanks, Daniele!

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