Mystery Rangers – Journey into Danger: Robbers & Howlers

fall_leaves-13957Wild and Wonderful Field Trip Series!  Part 3

Discover amazing and dangerous secrets about Mt. St. Helens as you journey with Mystery Rangers into danger on this FREE virtual field trip!

The Adventures!R J small

  •          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.

Click here to see Part 2

Welcome to part three of Journey into Danger of this Wild and Wonderful field trip!  You did a great job hiking down into the Toutle River Valley.  Let’s explore the valley a little more.  Watch where you step because there are LOTS of animal tracks in this valley!  See if you can discover what kind of animals live here now.

Mystery Tracks 1:Raccoon tracks - small

We found these tracks beside a stream.

Mystery Clue: 

This critter sneaks around – in the night -                  With a mask on his face, he’s quite a sight.                    You might think he’s a robber if he comes around -      but more than likely he won’t make a sound.

Mystery Answer: Check Creation Wiki link to see if your guess was correct:                                        Creation – Wiki — Mystery Answer 1

Bird Tracks - smallMystery Tracks 2:      

What type of animal do you think made these tracks?

Mystery Clue: If a predator comes around this little critter drags it’s wing on the ground.                                                             She dances around and does her best              to distract the predators from her nest.

Mystery Answer:  Check link to see if your guess was correct:

Catching Creation — Mystery Answer #2                                                                    (LOL!  You just might learn a strange dance that this creature does!)

Mystery Tracks 3:coyote tracks - small

There are two types of tracks here. 

Mystery Clue: 

One hunts with badgers and sniffs out prey.     They tag along together, and almost seem to play.                                                                       Called song dogs, this critter really sings.               He keeps his pack together with a call that rings.

Mystery Answer:  Did you guess one set of tracks was made by a hiking boot, from a Mystery Ranger? Check this link to see if your other guess was correct.

Answers in Genesis – Mystery Answer 3  

Pumice - smallMystery Soil:

The Toutle River Valley is covered with gray colored soil.

Soil Mystery Clue:  

Fragments of tiny pulverized rock lie here.  This kind of “soil” can float in atmosphere.  From the heart of a volcano, this stuff will come – the problems it causes are quite bothersome!

Mystery Soil Answer: 

Did you guess the kind of “soil” correctly?  Check this link:

Mystery Soil Answer from Wikipedia

Mystery Rocks:

Millions of these white rocks are spread over the valley.

Mystery Rock Clue:

Thrown from the volcano, far and wide,                                                                                      this rock has gas trapped inside.                                                                                                     This rock is not shaped like a boat,                                                                                                    but if you put it in water it will probably float.

Mystery Rock Answer:

Check link to see if you guessed the rock correctly.

Mystery Rock Answer from Wikipedia

Mystery Mountain:

Look down the valley!  What is the mountain with snow on its side?

Mt St Helens - SmallMystery Clue:  This mountain blew its top.                                                                              For nine hours the eruption didn’t stop.                                                                                     Part of the mountain collapsed down the side.                                                                               It caused the largest ever recorded landslide.                                                                               A sideways blast scorched the land.                                                                                            The trees that were close could not stand.                                                                                The mountain looked different.  It was changed.                                                                          In just a few minutes it was rearranged.

Mystery Answer:   “Explosively Excellent” answer, If you guessed the mountain is Mt. St. Helens, the volcano!

Field Trip Verse:      1 God is our refuge and strength,  an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.  Psalms 46:1-3

                                                                                Rockin’ Ranger Kid’s Activity


Leaf animal challenge:  Check out this picture of a leaf creation:

Leaf Creation Picture

What kind of leaf animals or creations can you make with Fall leaves?


I would love to see some of your pictures!  I will put them in the “4 Kidz by Kidz Section if you send them in! :)

To be continued…Discover the Danger!   The next post will reveal a hidden danger that my husband and I fell into that nearly killed us!

Click here for the exciting conclusion to this hike!   Continue this field trip into danger —

         IF YOU DARE!

About Kimberly Guthrie

Kimberly Guthrie loves adventures in the outdoors. National Park Ranger, Outdoor instructor, curriculum writer, teacher and guide at Mount St. Helens’ Seven Wonders Museum are some of her life adventures. Kim continues to write and teach about the outdoors. Currently, she serves as outdoor education consultant for Allaso Ranch near Hawkins, Texas. Kim holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from University of Central Arkansas and a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Illinois University.
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