Elisa's Daily Scoop
Garvies Point Museum & Preserve, Long Island
Well, a big hello to you! Not only is it Hump Day (half-way through the week), but it is also W2GW (Where To Go Wednesday) here on Travelin' Cousins.
Have I got a special treat for you!
Yeterday, I accompanied Kelsey and her entire 4th Grade Class to Garvies Point Museum & Preserve in Glen Cove, Long Island, and boy, did I have a wonderful time!!
I will tell you all about it in a moment.
First, I have to just tell you how excited I am that I have updated my "travel bucket list." Yes, that's right. I had a few moments the other night (while waiting for the second load of laundry to finish drying) and I was about to sit in front of the TV while I waited...when, all of a sudden, I decided to do a little travel reading online.
For whatever reason, I decided to venture south - way south - to South America! You know folks, unlike my cousin, Tanya, I have never visited this continent.
My dear Cuz has been to Peru - catch all the details from her June 2012 Trip of a Lifetime and the adventures she and Dave experienced.
But, as for your's truly, I just never took the time to really read and investigate much about it. There were just too many places that were higher up on my list.
That all changed this week!! I am now very fascinated with the prospect of doing Argentina, Chile and Peru. As I continue to read, I will preview my thoughts on the "where" and "how" and hopefully "when" for these three South American destinations!!
I think it would make for an amazing trip - say 16 -17 days with my dear old cousin!
We are due for another trip together, just the girls, like our European Rail Trip last June-July (2015).
I have a good feeling about this. Of course, Tanya and I are also talking about doing Georgia (not the state; the country) and Armenia, as well as Croatia! AHHH, too many places and not enough time!!!
More to come on these!
Let's get back to the feature of today... Garvies Point Museum and Preserve.
What a delightful place - right here on Long Island's North Shore. I'm ashamed to say, I did not know anything about this local destination and I am so grateful that I volunteered to be one of the chaperones on this very informative and delightful field trip.
The day began with a rather hot and bumpy school bus ride to Glen Cove where the museum is located.
It was actually fun (not the hot part lol).
The museum is devoted to regional geology, American Indian culture and the science of archaeology.
And, boy, do these folks know their stuff!!
Most of the preserve was formerly part of the dr. Thomas Garvie estate. Dr. Garvie was a physician and founder of this prominent Long Island family who emigrated from Scotland to Glen Cove in the early 19th Century.
The preserve consists of 62 acres of glacial moraine covered by woodlands, thickets, and meadows. Two man-made ponds are fed by rainfall runoff and natural springs. It also consists of five miles of nature trails.
Our three hours were spent participating in two of the educational programs offered by the museum. The first, Native American Tools and Artifacts, was a combination lecture/deomonstration of how Native Amerians made and used tools as a means of adapting to their environment.
Beach Ecology, the second program, allowed the students to participate in a "hand-in" hands-on investigation of the beach tidewater environment and explore common beach ecosystems.
The Native American Tools and Artifacts segment was so captivating to me. Our guide did a sensational job explaining the way the earth formed over 4.5 billion years ago and used wonderful analogies that kept the kids wide-eyed and interested.
She cleverly compared the formation of the earth to that of a "giant peanut M&M" teaching her audience of 10-year olds about the Core ("peanut"), Mantle ("Chocolate") and Crust ("colored andy shell").
I learned a great deal today, namely that the earth's crust is 15 miles thick - who knew!
What better way to keep fourth graders all-ears than to use an Ice Cream Sundae analogy for describing the impact of the last ice age and the effects of the glacial tilt on what is now the unique geography of Long Island or "The Big Fish" as it is often referred.
In a beautifully weaved story starting with the Big Bang some 9 million years ago, to the end of the ice age, 22,000 years ago to the arrival of the Native Americans to North America from Asia by way of the land bridge, 18,000 years ago, we all took a trip back in time learning about the development of tools as these ancient people adapted to their environment.
The kids were able to touch and feel many of these artifacts including antlers, pointed rocks (made by way of pressure flaking) and hand-made spears and Atlatls (spear launchers). We were also enlightened as to how these native people made canoes out of trees!
They especially enjoyed the hands-on experience of trying the "Pump Drills," "Fire Bow" and Giant Mortar and Pestle for crushing corn.
From inside the museum and this truly educational presentation about the Native American Tools, we moved outside to the Beach Ecology segment. The kids got to change their footwear to water shoes and flip flops and head down a wood path straight to the shore in Hempstead Harbor.
In case you didn't know, Hempstead Harbor leads into the Long Island Sound, which leads into the Atlantic Ocean.
The views of Hempstead Harbor were lovely and the shoreline, full of rocks and tree branches was and iconic Long Island.
Our group of 16 got up close and personal with some interesting sea life, including horseshoe crabs! I had no idea that these strange creatures are more related to scorpions than crustaceans! They existed even before dinosaurs!!
With lots of legs, their blood differs from our's as it is white on the inside of their bodies and blue on the ouside! They also possess many eyes and that long "stinger-looking" thing is not a stinger at all. It is actually a a rudder that helps them swim.
Did you know horseshoe crabs swim upside down?? Well, I didn't!
Lots of other sea creatures including mollusks and worms were around for the kids to touch and feel! Some were more enthusiastic than others!! Kelsey steered clear of touching most lol.
We also got a peak at some land-based algae, called Lichen, on a tree down by the water as we ventured back up toward the museum and picnic area.
The kids ended their field trip with an outdoor picnic lunch and then we headed back home - well, almost...not before heading into the gift shop!!
It was a very enjoyable day and I highly recommend a visit.
Garvies Point Museum & Preserve offers a number of ongoing programs and upcoming events, for which you may want to mark your calendars...
Dinosaurs & Geology
June 18, 2016 - 11am to 4pm
NYS Path Thru History: New York Before History
Rock and mineral I.D., stream table demonstrations, outdoor geology walk. Craft
$5.00 per person
August 6, 2016 - 10am to 4pm
Garvies Point Day
Tour of the beautiful Butterfly and bird-friendly gardens. Native American Exhibits & nature trails, Crafts, live animal show, film and more.
$5.00 per person
November 19-20, 2016 - 10am to 4pm
Native American Feast
Native food displays and samples, learn pottery making, open-fire cooking, use of Atlatl (spear-throwing), fire making, films and more.
$5.00 per person
Well, I'm off to have breakfast with my Aunt Ro this morning and then back to our last and final Girl Scout Troop meeting of the 2015-2016 School year!
Catch ya back here tomorrow!!
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