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Trail Hike at Chatfield Hollow State Park

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Vocabulary Words

  • Rhizome – a continuously growing horizontal underground stem which puts out new plant shoots you can see above ground.  Example: Princess Pine
  • Vernal Pool – seasonal pools of water (a type of wetland) that provide habitat for distinctive plants and animals (such as wood frogs).
  • Burl – a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner – also referred to as a knot.

Fun Facts

  • Chatfield Hollow State Park has caves called Indian Council Caves where Native Americans held tribal gatherings in the rocky ledges and overhangs.
  • Vernal Pools fill up each spring by rain and snow melt and dry up for a period of time in the summer.  Unlike a pond or lake, they have no permanent inlet or outlet and no fish.
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