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.
Some Smug Slug
The search begins
Not a slug, but interesting still
The search continues
We rolled over a log to look for slugs
Learning about slug anatomy
Their activity was to pretend a filing stick was a slug’s many-toothed tongue and to rub a hole into a leaf
We picked the invasive English Ivy for this task
And we found a slug; here’s Patrick showing it off
How long is it?
It’s a baby banana slug
The sun was out, always a bonus
Another find, a millipede
Found a snail, the ranger talked about it being related to slugs, tried to coax it out of its shell with no luck
At least this one (the only one we have visited; wait, no, we’ve been to Ecola State Park on the coast)