To mark 200 years of Charles Darwin, PastFinders (plus drivers and helpers!) travelled to Port Louis for the day on the 14th March 2009. The aim of the day was to take a look at the area where Darwin came ashore from the Beagle and the subsequent flora and fauna that would later play a key part in his research. Interestingly enough, although Charles Darwin and his work are very famous, not many people know that he actually spent more time here in the Falklands, than in the Galapagos Islands!
The first part of the day was spent taking a walk along the coast, which also included some great junior archaeology - they all easily pointed out remains and foundations along the way! There was great excitement when the first ‘local’ brick was found by a PastFinder on the beach, and was identified by Emma Edwards. Emma then gave the children a brief lesson on fossils; some didn’t quite believe her when she said how old they were, but all were game to test her knowledge and set about trying to find them!
After lunch in the corral sheds (it was raining quite heavily at the time), it was time to hand out clip boards, paper and pencils and get the children’s brains working. The task was to map out a floor plan of the Old Government House – conveniently located in and around the corral, just in case it began to rain again! The children all took to the task brilliantly, as did the adult helpers, and I’m pleased to say that some excellent floor plans were created.
The weather, although rainy and miserable at times, held out for us just long enough to squeeze in two games of ‘Hunt the Warrah’. ‘Hunt the Warrah‘ is a really tiring version of tag – one person is the hunter, while everyone else are Warrahs. The idea of the game is to tag everyone into hunters until all the Warrahs are gone, or extinct, as Darwin pointed out so many years ago. This game proved to be very popular, and involved some SAS style tactics to capture the remaining warrahs!
On behalf of PastFinders I would like to take this opportunity to thank Pete, Melanie, Amy, Petra, Leila & James at Port Louis for being brilliant hosts, all the adult helpers for giving up their time to come along; and finally, Fortuna Ltd for their support of the group.
To take a peek at the worksheet Pastfinders received prior to this trip, follow the link to [rokdownload menuitem="243" downloaditem="9" direct_download="false"]Charles Darwin [/rokdownload]
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