South Shore's Outing to Mercer Slough in Bellevue

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Team:
South Shore K-8
Date:
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Trip Type:
Canoeing
Photos:
Plan:
South Shore’s last trip of the school year is going to be a canoe trip around Mercer Slough in Bellevue. This is going to be a fun, easy day trip. In the morning we’ll take a short hike around the Slough with a naturalist learning about the wetland environment. After lunch we’ll explore the Slough from the water, paddling around by canoe. To learn more about the Slough you can read about it here:

http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/Mercer-Slough/slough
Report:
Despite being only a couple miles from downtown Bellevue and next to the intersections of Interstates 90 & 405 Mercer Slough Park was a great place to experience nature. We had the opportunity to explore the wetlands nature area by land and water. The kids were able to see blue herons, frogs, toads, turtles, fish, and garter snakes. Despite overcast skies that always threatened to downpour, the weather cooperated and the rain held off until we were driving back to South Shore School.

In the morning we parked at the Environmental Learning Center and hiked around the Bellefields Loop Trail and explored the area around the blueberry fields. We were not able to schedule a guided walk, but that was not a problem. There was plenty for us to see and do on our own. After that we drove over to the Enatai Beach Park where we rented canoes. One of the staff at the Cascade Canoe & Kayak guided our canoe trip and she was a big help on the trip. She coached all the kids how to paddle a canoe and transferring between canoes to help the kids that were struggling.

Our trip schedule:

9:15am Meet the kids at South Shore School

9:45am Leave South Shore for Mercer Slough Environmental Learning Center

10:15am Arrive at Mercer Slough, start short hike around the Slough

12:00pm Short Drive to Enatai Beach Park for lunch

1:00pm Rent canoes from Cascade Canoe & Kayak at Enatai Beach.

1pm to 4pm Canoe through Mercer Slough

4:00pm Load into vans for the drive back to South Shore

4:30pm Return to South Shore School

For more information about Mercer Slough:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/outdoors/2018425904_odwalk17.html
Suggestions:
Bring mosquito repellant! Everyone got bit a lot during the hike around Mercer Slough.

Photos

The kids explore one of the tributaries that feeds Mercer Slough.

Sat., Jun. 16, 2012

[South Shore] Mercer Slough in Bellevue

From a dock on Mercer Slough the kids study the aquatic life of the creek.

Sat., Jun. 16, 2012

[South Shore] Mercer Slough in Bellevue

We paddle our canoe from Enatai Beach Park to Mercer Slough.  The entrance to the Slough passes under I-90.

Sat., Jun. 16, 2012

[South Shore] Mercer Slough in Bellevue

A South Shore teacher and two students successfully braved the waves and wind between Enatai Beach Park and the entrance to Mercer Slough.

Sat., Jun. 16, 2012

[South Shore] Mercer Slough in Bellevue

A South Shore teacher and two students enjoy padding in the calm waters of Mercer Slough.

Sat., Jun. 16, 2012

[South Shore] Mercer Slough in Bellevue

With coaching from the Cascade Canoe & Kayak guide two South Shore students have fun racing up the Slough.

Sat., Jun. 16, 2012

[South Shore] Mercer Slough in Bellevue

Floating group portrait on Mercer Slough.

Sat., Jun. 16, 2012

[South Shore] Mercer Slough in Bellevue