4-H Forest Ecology Contest in Gainesville

We camped at Paynes Prairie like normal for the weekend of the event. We spent time on Friday at the Florida Museum seeing the butterflies.

we got to watch the afternoon butterfly release and then hung out and talked with the student leading the release about our favorite butterflies.

We explored the NATL, forest teaching area, near the museum. I saw the biggest tread softly plant I had ever seen.

My pre-teen attitude kicks in pretty hard lately.

On Saturday we were up early and at the contest. We had a huge group from our county this year! I was so excited to finally have a TEAM!

The contest was tough but I was ready. I took my time and really focused on the material. While we waited for the results we met Smokey the Bear and got cool water bottles from the Forest Services.

Our fearless Mom’s in our group! E and I photobombed!

Aren’t our shirts super fun?

It was award time! I got send place intermediate individual! I only missed a few questions and really kicked myself because they were silly mistakes. I didn’t miss a single plant, tree, insect, disease or map question! It was identifying animals. I mixed up a hawk and a snake! Silly me!

Our team got 3rd place! We were all SO excited!

Look at all those ribbons! Go Pinellas County!

We celebrated with ice cream at a cute little place in a town called Micanopy!



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