Gilroy Gardens Field Trip APril 7, 2017

We arrived at Gilroy Gardens a little early. All of us were very excited to learn about nature and geography. Most of us want 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 not as common as a human's life. The stages of a Monarch life are larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis),and adult (butterfly). The eggs will hatch in 5-10 days, depending on the temperature. Once hatched, the larvae immediately devour their eggshell and starts to eat the leaf they are on. When they outgrow their bodies, also called the cuticle, they molt, eat their skin, and continue growing in a larger body. Each of these stages is know as an instar stage. After four of these cycles, the caterpillar climbs to a place where it can form a chrysalis. The chrysalis will hang for a couple of weeks, allowing the butterfly to form inside. Finally, the butterfly pushes its legs down, splitting the chrysalis and out it pops. The Monarch weigh less than 1 gram and most adults only live two to four weeks. After the wings have reached their full size, the Monarch will hang to dry for at least an hour or more. Once it is ready it begins to wave its wings and becomes more active.

Unfortunately, the Monarchs were not around since we were there so early in the year.

Rides!

At Gilroy Gardens we got to go on rides, which everyone was really excited about. One of the rides was the Car Ride. Anneke dropped her bag and yelled at Tylie and Ava to get it. Ava could not reach it, but thankfully, Tylie got it. There were 2 sections, 1950's or 1920's cars. The 1920's were old and could fit 4 people. The 1950's were new and cool, but they only fit 2 people at a time.

Excited to go into the park!
1920's Car

Moving on, we went on the ride Quicksilver. Quicksilver was so much fun. When we got on we were scared as it started to move fast. There was a hill where we all yelled as we flew down. Then it was going side ways and it felt like we were going to fall. After one final bump when everyone yelled again, we were back to the beginning of the ride. We had so much fun at Quicksilver!

This was the Timber Twister Roller Coaster. The Quicksilver was too fast for Mrs. Shilshtut to get a picture!
Timber Twister Roller Coaster

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