Discover amazing and dangerous secrets about Mt. St. Helens as you journey with Mystery Rangers into danger on this FREE virtual field trip!
- Explore the dangerous Toutle River Valley below Mt. St. Helens – a volcano!
- Follow tracks and signs of wildlife.
- Get trapped in quicksand and learn how to survive!
- Discover “Rockin’ Ranger” activities for kids
Welcome to part two of Journey into Danger! I’m glad you have chosen to continue this Wild and Wonderful field trip! As you travel down the trail toward the North Fork Toutle River Valley, be sure to take some pictures!
A Mossy Mystery!
Wow! Look at the moss on those trees! Why do you think there is so much moss in this forest? Check picture caption for clue
Danger Ahead! Watch out!
Don’t get too close to that tree! What is that gray blob on the tree? Why is it dangerous?
Did you Solve the Mystery? Good thing you had a zoom lens for taking this picture, because this is a hornet’s nest! Let’s “buzz” on down the trail and not disturb this nest! There could be thousands of hornets inside!
Toutle River Valley!
Whew! We finally made it down to the Toutle River Valley floor! (You did a great job! That was a two mile hike!)
Mystery Object! What is that object sticking up out of the water? It has boards and it is pointed. Do you see it?
Mystery Clue: When Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980, there was a SUPER HUGE landslide! The heat from the eruption melted TONS of snow on top of the mountain. The melted snow and landslide rushed down the mountain and through the Toutle River Valley in the form of a MONSTER MUDFLOW!
Did you Solve the Mystery? If you guessed the object was a roof top – then you are a “top notch” detective! This house was partially buried in the Monster Mudflow that swept down the Toutle River!
Keep Hiking! Let’s walk further down the valley to dry ground.
Mystery Forest of Dead Trees:
A phantom forest! Wow! Why are all these trees dead? Are you “stumped?”
Mystery Clues: The blast from Mt. St. Helens reached up to 17 miles on the North side of the volcano! The damage to trees could be divided into three zones:
- Tree Removal Zone (No Trees Left)
- Blow Down Zone (Trees blown over)
- Scorch Zone (Trees were standing but scorched)
*Which zone do these trees fit?
Bonus Mystery Clue: Mud is still coming down from Mt. St. Helens – causing additional trees to die.
Did you Solve the Mystery? If you guessed these trees are dead because they are in the “Scorch Zone,” – Excellent detective work — you are “barking up the right tree!” Another reason some of these trees are dead is because they were buried in the mudflow. Excellent detective work!
Mystery Muncher! Who has been munching on this plant?
Mystery Clue: When Mt. St. Helens erupted, many animals and plants were destroyed! Scientists predicted animal and plant communities would NOT come back quickly. However, life returned to Mt. St. Helens quickly!
Take a closer look! The mystery muncher left its tracks near the plant! This track looks like a deer track, but it is much bigger!
Did you Solve the Mystery? If you guessed – Elk – you are an excellent track-tective! Way to go! Scientists thought elk would take many years to return to Mt. St. Helens. Surprise! Elk returned in just two years!
Field Trip Verse: 7 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; 8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. 9 Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? Job 12:7-9
Create your own Monster Mudflow T-shirt! Check out this cool and super muddy activity on the link below… Scroll down to the Mudflow Activity and click on it. (It may take a minute to load.)
* If you make a Monster Mudflow T-shirt, send in a picture of it, and I will put it in the “4 Kidz by Kidz section!
To be continued…Check out the next post to continue this field trip into danger —
IF YOU DARE!