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Fifth Grade Embarks on Successful Fossil Hunt at Calvert Cliffs

On Friday, May 5, the Class of 2031 traveled to Calvert Cliffs State Park in Lusby, Maryland, in order to enhance their studies of habitats, ecosystems, erosion, and deposition. Forty-nine Creekers, including students, parents, and teachers enjoyed a day of geology education and fossil hunting at this Maryland landmark site!

The trip started with a "fossil talk" from a Calvert Cliffs Park Ranger. She showed the students a variety of fossils that have been collected at Calvert Cliffs, which included whale bones, sharks teeth, and even a megalodon tooth!  The ranger explained that appear regularly because of the effects of erosion and deposition of Earth’s minerals.

After this lesson, the students ate lunch and then hiked two miles to the Calvert Cliffs beach. Along the way, the students observed various ecosystems that they had been studying in science class: forests, marsh, beach, etc. Turtles, skinks, red winged black birds, and brown water snakes were spotted on the hike as well.

At the beach, students were able to wade in the water, skimming for sharks teeth and other fossils. The  ranger showed the students how to find sharks teeth. Many were successful, but no megalodon teeth were found. At the end of an enjoyable day of fossil hunting, the students hiked back to the park entrance and returned to school.

Indian Creek school is a co-educational, college preparatory independent school, located in Crownsville, Maryland.  Students in Pre-K3 through grade 12 receive a vibrant educational experience based on excellent academics steeped in strong student-teacher connections.