2013 Summer Newsletter

Hawthorn Hollow News Summer 2013

This Spring’s Flood Serves to Educate    Frank Elementary Students

The timing of Hawthorn Hollow’s Pike River flood on April 18th couldn’t have been better for Frank Elementary 4th and 5th graders. As part of their curriculum, these students were learning about erosion and deposition. Hawthorn Hollow was working with Frank Elementary IMG_9713_SnapseedSchool teachers on a program to give students a “hands on” opportunity to learn about these problems in the Pike River watershed. The students were scheduled to arrive at Hawthorn Hollow on April 16th & 17th, but due to rain their field trip was rescheduled for April 30th & May 1st.

On April 18th the Pike River flooded to levels not seen in many years. We captured the flood on video and put it online so that others could see the extent of the flooding. The video can be found by searching: “Pike River Floods at Hawthorn Hollow” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mrbh9a0fI38. You’ll be surprised by what you see.

Students came equipped with cameras, notepads, and curiosity to learn about the flood and to see its aftermath. For part of their visit, students asked staff many different questions about the flood, the animals that were affected, and the changes to the river since the flood. For the other part of their visit, the students walked along the river bank and took pictures and notes of what they saw. Later, students visited Petrifying Springs Park and then the mouth of the Pike River along the Lake Michigan shore.

The student’s project was to develop a brochure for Hawthorn Hollow that talks about the flood and how erosion and deposition affects the river, surrounding land, and Lake Michigan. Look for their brochures on your next visit to Hawthorn Hollow. When you visit, signs of the flood will be hard to see, unless you are very observant.



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$12 an 8oz. All proceeds go towards education programming. Available at Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum and at the following locations in Kenosha and Racine: Andrea’s, Circa Celest, Cafe DeBerg’s, DP Wigly, The Bird Nest, Frank’s Diner, Peace Tree, Suburban Lawn and Garden, Tina’s Somers Inn, Van’s Gas


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