Long Pond Trip Reveals Fungi and Ferns

On September 25, third graders visited the Long Pond Greenbelt as part of their study of the evolution of living things on Earth. They are currently focusing on bacteria, fungi, and simple plants. On their excursion, the students observed many species of fungus, including deer mushroom on the ground and chicken mushroom, mock oyster, honey mushroom, and hen-of-the-woods fungus growing on the trees. They also spied reindeer lichen, long beech ferns, and bracken ferns. In science, the students have been using microscopes to study different lichens and fungi and recording what they see.