Gilroy Gardens Field Trip APril 7, 2017

On April 7, 2017 our entire school went on a field trip to Gilroy Gardens to take part in "Green Discovery Days." We arrived at Gilroy Gardens a little early. All of us were very excited to learn about nature and local history. Many of us wanted to ride the roller coasters. We had so much fun during our trip!

Honey Bees

At Gilroy Gardens we went to a “Bee Hut”, and learned about honey bees. Honey bees life is not that common to a human's life. The Honey bees life is weird, but true. The Honey bee uses a waggle dance to communicate the position of nectar they find. Honey bees don’t hibernate, so they do not need to store food for winter. A honey bee helps with pollination when it gathers nectar. The honey bee's stinger is located in the abdomen. The 3 types of honey bees in a colony is a queen, workers, and drones. Honey bee’s have 5 eyes.

Rock Formations & Earth's Core

One of the activities my group went to was “Green Spot 4”. We learned about the Earth’s core, mantle, and crust. We also learned about the three types of rocks. The rocks are called Igneous, Metamorphic, and Sedimentary. Another fact we learned is that two tectonic plates near us are the Pacific Ocean and North American. Finally we learned that the name of the major fault line near us is the San Andreas Fault.

Monarch Butterflies

A Monarch’s life is extremely unique. The stages of a Monarch life are larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis),and adult (butterfly). The eggs will hatch in 5-10 days. Temperature plays an important role in their hatching process. Once hatched, the larvae eat their eggshell before moving on to the leaf they were hatched on. When Monarch's outgrow their bodies, they molt and continue growing a larger body. After going through this cycle four times, the caterpillar finds a place to form the chrysalis. A chrysalis is where the caterpillar will develop into a Monarch butterfly. It takes several weeks for the butterfly to form. Finally, when it is time, the butterfly pushes its legs down, breaking the chrysalis. The butterfly then hangs for about an hour while it dries before becoming more active and beginning to fly. We learned a lot about the Monarch butterflies, but sadly, there were not any butterflies at the Gardens when we visited. We all hope to see them someday.

Unfortunately, the Monarchs were not around since we were there so early in the year. Luckily the Monarch Garden was open for us to explore anyway!
Riding the "Sky Trek" (or blue sky train as some of us called it) through the Monarch Garden. There were beautiful plants throughout this exhibit!


Excited to get into the park!
Some of our groups traveled together. It was fun to spend the day learning with our friends!
Mrs. Butero's, Mrs. Roque's, and Mrs. Van Dyk's group at the redwood tree station. We learned all about the growth rings on trees at this station. We also learned that the tallest living tree is a Coast Redwood. Thank you Mrs. Butero, Mrs. Roque and Mrs. Van Dyk for being such amazing chaperones. We learned so much with you!
Our group met up with a group of 5th graders for part of the day. We had a chance to explore the Green Barn with the fifth grade group. The fifth graders helped us navigate the microscope so we could get a better look at the geodes. Some of the fifth graders had been here with their families before, so they took us through the Learning Lab and Art Studio.
We were very excited to use our map reading skills to find our way around the park!

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