Exploring Chapman

A day at the beach with boomerangs, parachutes and salamanders.

About 90 students in kindergarten through second grade at Allegheny Valley Elementary School in Clarendon enjoyed a day at Chapman State Park on Tuesday.

It’s an annual outing, one that takes the kids out for educational and fun activities for one of their last days of the school year.

Chapman’s Environmental Education Specialist Jen Moore helped students with the activities, including a hunt around Penny Run for critters – salamanders in particular. She listed the types of salamanders the students might find in the creek and asked them to let her know when they found some.

Not all of the groups had much success finding salamanders, but, despite the urgings of their teachers, they did have fun splashing in the creek.

At other stations, students decorated wooden fish and decorated and threw plastic boomerangs, played parachute games, and played in the sand at the beach. There wasn’t much swimming. Moore said the water temperature in the lake was in the mid-60s.