SKIP on Snowshoes!

Super Kids In Parks became Survival Kids In Parks on Sunday, Feb. 3 as an intrepid group of hikers set out to explore Murphys Point along a fun, challenging route!

The first SKIP program of the 2013 series was held from 1 to 3 p.m. There wasn’t a lot of snow, but the skiff that was there covered a layer of ice, so the snowshoes with crampons for gripping were actually very handy.

Snowshoe basics

Snowshoe basics

Volunteer Phill started us off with some snowshoeing basics (thanks for bringing the snowshoes, Phill!), and once we were strapped in our interpreter Alida led us along an exciting trail marked especially for SKIP. The first stop was at a “vernal” or spring pool, where Alida talked about species of frogs that freeze solid when they hibernate. Brrrr!

Alida at vernal pool

Alida at vernal pool

The rugged trail was loads of fun as we scrambled over logs and around boulders in good old Canadian Shield country. Volunteers Don and Steph took up the rear to make sure everyone stayed together.

Shield country

Shield country

We frequently stopped to talk about the animals and birds that call various types of habitat home, and we identified numerous tracks along the way, including deer, rabbits, squirrels and wild turkeys.

Checking tracks

Checking tracks

As we reached the pinnacle of the hike, the chalet was in sight – where volunteer Judy was ready with hot chocolate for everyone.

Almost there!

Almost there!

Thanks to all who participated in our snowshoeing adventure. Ice fishing is our next SKIP program on Feb. 17 – check the Super Kids In Parks page for registration info. Hope to see you there!

(Photos by S. Gray)

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