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MARCH 2011

Sierra House on a Winter Trek    

Students in the 5th grade from Sierra House Elementary School in South Lake Tahoe, CA went on a "Winter Trek" last month to Heavenly Mountain on the border of Nevada and California. On the field trip, the students were taught about torpor, hibernation, adaptation, and migration – important parts of the life of animals like me. Afterwards, the students wrote me letters about all the interesting things they learned during the trip. You can read their letters by clicking here.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from these letters:

"Our field trip was fun. We learned about torpor, migration, adaptation, and hibernation." - Casey

"What I learned on Winter Trek was that bears do not hibernate, they go into torpor. In adaptation the animal's fur grows longer and their fur might change color." - Zachary

"My favorite part was going on the gondola. It was very fun because it was my first time ever. I think this is the best field trip so far!" - Claudia

MARCH 2011 

Sierra House Visits Golden Gate National Park

Sierra House Elementary Students (CA) recently spent 3 days at Marin Headlands, part of beautiful Golden Gate National Park. Here they are with Buddy Bison.


Buddy Bison Explores South Lake Tahoe, Makes New Friends

SierraHouse Elementary School (South Lake Tahoe, CA) recently joined the Where’s Buddy Bison Been? movement. At an outdoor adventure at Tahoe Paradise Park Friday, October 15, fifth grade students planted willows, studied native birds, tested water quality and identified macroinvertebrates as part of Tahoe Resource Conservation District’s Wonders of Water program.

Buddy Bison’s first venture to Lake Tahoe was front-page news in the Tahoe Daily Tribune, which showed pictures of fifth-graders David and Theresa trying their hands at environmental restoration and conservation observation. National Park Trust’s friends from Harrah’s Entertainment funded the entire experience (including teacher toolkits), and some of Harrah’s volunteers even helped to make the day more special. Buddy Bison would also like to thank the Tahoe Resource Conservation District for all of their work creating environmental activities for the students.

Welcome Sierra House! Buddy Bison looks forward to exploring South Lake Tahoe with you.