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Rattlesnake Lake Reveals its Roots to Two Rivers Students

Middle school students from Two Rivers School recently participated in a field trip to nearby Rattlesnake Lake in North Bend on October 6. The students explored the unusual landscape which the record-low water level is revealing at the man-made lake. Among many old-growth stumps that are normally submerged under water, students discovered remnants from the historic town of Moncton, which flooded in the early 1900’s due to construction of the Masonry Dam in the Cedar River watershed.
 
On this same day, a Seattle Times staff photographer Alan Berner was on site covering the impact of this year’s drought on this local destination, located at the end of exit 32 off I-90. Click here for his front-page story which includes several photos of Two Rivers students:
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/amid-drought-rattlesnake-lake-reveals-its-roots/.
 
Middle school teacher Joe Burgener explained, “We are working hard to establish a solid awareness of the unique opportunities available to them in nearly every direction in and near the Snoqualmie Valley. Rattlesnake Lake is just one adventure in a long line of outdoor education experiences planned.” This year, Two Rivers School serves 15 students in grades 6-8 and approximately 110 students in the alternative high school program.
 
Two Rivers Middle School field trip to Rattlesnake Lake
 Two Rivers middle school students explore Rattlesnake Lake during record-low water levels.
 
Exploring Rattlesnake Lake
A discovery exposed in the lake bed.