This past week, I was joined on the trails by some precocious campers from
the Pacific Science Center's Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center.
These brilliant 6th, 7th, and 8th graders visited the Hille Ris Lambers lab
where they participated in their own mini-MeadoWatch orientation. We
talked about MeadoWatch's mission, citizen science, climate change, and
wildflower phenology. At the end, we even played a Kahoot! quiz game
(if you have school-aged children they're probably familiar with Kahoot!). On
Friday, the campers made the the trip to Mt. Rainier National Park where
they met me at the Glacier Basin Trail. We hiked, collected data, and had a
wonderful afternoon enjoying the beauty of the park. After we finished hiking
we relaxed by the Inter Fork of White River and took in the spectacular views!
On a more administrative note, after some thought (and discussion with the
campers from Mercer Slough) I decided that our plots along the trails would
be more noticeable if they were marked by the orange survey markers
instead of the yellow ones. Because this conclusion was reached after the
Glacier Basin hike and before the Reflection Lakes one, the trail markers on
the Glacier Basin trail are still yellow.
As always, for updated trail status check out the Trail Status tables at the top of the Our Hikes page on our
website! I hope the MeadoWatch season has gotten off to a good start for those of you that have already
started hiking and collecting data. I've already seen a couple of you on the trails already and look forward to
All the Best,
Joshua and Your MeadoWatch Team