|You don't even want to know the name of this |
favorite childhood game. They love it though!
|Smiles all around!|
|How many can he hold back?|
|Starting the hike we look over the bridge towards the spillway.|
|There's no water down there today.|
|I was so surprised to hear and then see a Scarlet Tanager! |
I had never seen one in our county before. The kids
seemed to get a good look at it too. A life bird for them!
|Now we are looking over the top of the spillway with our|
first look at the lake.
|The kids were impressed with the wildflowers and |
feathers along the way.
|Here they are posing on the large rocks.|
|Here's another bridge to cross.|
|Ants on a log?|
|They liked the big trees!|
|Flying down the hill back to camp.|
|They were hungry for the picnic the moment we got |
there, so now it is time to eat.
|It seems that food tastes better at a picnic.|
|Time for some free play. Here they are chasing bubbles!|
|Patiently waiting in line to fly the kite.|
|They loved flying the kite on this windy day.|
|Kite flying is a lot of fun for kids.|
|They were thrilled to catch a butterfly!|
|Time for the outdoor classroom. Center #1: Find things |
from nature and weave it into this web.
|Now...try not to poke anyone in the eye!|
|Their Y sticks looked very pretty!|
|Center #2: Create a bird feeder with a pine cone, |
peanut butter and bird seed.
|It was a messy operation.|
|Center # 3: Build a fort or house for a fairy, toad or other animal.|
|This seemed difficult to them at first, but then they got the idea.|
|It was hard to pull them away.|
|I guess it could be a fort for a kid!|
|Hey! That's not a butterfly!|
|A net full of flowers!|
|"Check it out! The Barn Swallows are working on |
a mud nest in here!"
|Time to go birding on the other |
side of the lake.
|"Look! Double-crested Cormorants!"|
|"Teacher, I found an egg shell!"|
|Looking over the lake and getting ever closer to |
getting their feet wet.
|She is explaining about Geo-caching.|
|Here is a camouflaged geo-cache.|
|We can hear the birds, but they are difficult to find.|
|"Teacher! What are they?"|
|Here we are!|
|Kids love to investigate ant hills.|
|One more chance to play on the playground before |
we head back to town.
|Playing in the play tent was fun too.|
|It ended up being a warm day.|
|I think I can speak for the kids...it was a really |
great day in nature!
|Its time to head back. They are tired, dirty |
and hungry. All signs of a fun day outdoors!