Sunday, October 30, 2016

Our Nature Trip to Lake Al

On September 29th, we traveled 5 blocks by bus to the local lake for nature talk.  Riding a bus was a first experience for some children who had never ridden a bus before.  

It wasn't very bird-y at the lake that day, but we saw: a large flock of Franklin's Gulls overhead, American Robins, Cedar Waxwings, many Yellow-rumped Warblers, Eurasian Collared-Doves and some European Starlings.  The kids were excited to try out those binoculars! 

We hiked through what the kids call the "spooky forest" and we discussed the leaves changing color and the leaf litter on the ground.  We rolled over a log and I told them how trees and animals decompose into soil.  We looked at the three nest boxes and I explained how past kindergartners built them with a high school class several years ago.  

We investigated a spider web and enjoyed the butterflies.  The kids really liked the turtles and frogs along the edge of the lake.  I asked them if water was blue and most of them thought it was, but I reminded them that water is {mostly} clear.  I told them how it reflects the color of the sky.  They noticed the big cracks in the ground and I encouraged them to figure out how they got there.  When we saw the apples on the tree, we reviewed the life cycle of an apple.  We discussed everything I could think of that was nature-related.  We had a great time and it was very educational!

They started looking for birds right when they 
got off of the bus.
Fifteen young birders with big smiles!
We tried to find birds, but we may have been a bit loud.

After looking under the log, they wanted to show me 
how strong they were!

"Teacher!  Check out the spider web!"
Folks of all ages love to see the Painted Turtles lined 
up on the log at the lake!

The kids loved seeing the frogs!

We checked out the cattails. They remembered my 
lesson about them.

The bridge was a big hit!  I was hoping that the 
binoculars didn't go overboard!

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