The whole 5th grade went on an overnight trip to Cat Tien Natural Park. It was for the new super unit, GREEN DRAGONS. On February 14th, Tuesday, we went on a bus ride for three hours to Cat Tien. I was in Group 2, which took Bus 2. We stop at this restaurant slash place to go to the bathroom.
Cat Tien Natural Park is an island covered with jungle. My favorite part of the trip was meeting the moon bears, with their crescent shaped moons on their chest. We got to feed the moon bears with peanut butter, and some people got to fill hollow bamboo tubes and fill them with bananas, banana leaves, and dog food. I liked the primate center too, because we got to see “retired” or “married” gibbons. I was also excited to go to the primate center, because that is where we got to get souvenirs. I got a pencil made out of recycled products, a stuffed animal gibbon, and a wristband. In addition, I also liked the bonfire, mostly because of the marshmallows.
The most interesting thing that I learned about during this trip is sustainability and teamwork. Sustainability: Cat Tien has a lot of greenery witch makes it a sustainable place for animals that rely on plants. In Cat Tien, they have two types of trash cans, one trash can for paper and cans, the other for food and normal trash. Teamwork: At Cat Tien, we had team activities, such as Alaskan baseball and human knot. Also when we did the micro-ecosystem study, we were in teams of four. We took a little area and placed down letters on little pieces of paper, and in our journal, we wrote down what we found.
One challenging thing about Cat Tien is all the heat during the day, and all the activities we did per day. Since all day we’re normally out in the sun, that makes it hard to stay energized.
I have a few suggestions for next year when the 5th grade goes to Cat Tien. I think for the time in between activities that go on longer than one hour, there should be 5 – 15 minutes of time to wash or cool down in their cabin. Also, the last night at Cat Tien, we had a student led bonfire and we got 1 1/2 hours to practice a skit, but only three groups that performed. I think next time before Cat Tien, people that want to make a skit already have a idea before they get to Cat Tien, so when they get the time to practice they don’t have to waste time thinking of an idea.
Thank you for reading my blog post about the 5th grade Cat Tien Field Trip!