Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Field Trip - Durant Nature Center

Last week we went on a field trip to Durant Nature Center.  They planned a couple of classes for our kids.  One on "Insects" for the K-5 group (actually 2 classes full) and one on "Amazing Avians" for the 6th and up. 

We had a beautiful sunny day for our trip.  It was hot actually.  The instructor started out talking about insects.  She had some of their homes for the kids to look at.  Then she talked about the body of an insect in a really fun way.  She asked questions and let the children share what they knew and then dressed up volunteers like an insect. 

Then the children went to an area with tall grasses to see what they could find. 

They were trying to catch insects using jars with lids

or large nets. 

 They found a great variety of things!  (Even a couple of snakes that we tried to stay away from since we were learning about insects.)  Daniel's favorite was a snail - slow moving and easy to catch (and yes, I know it isn't an insect.  lol)

I have no pictures of the older kids as I wasn't with that group.  I hate missing out on all their outings, but am thankful we have a large group and are able to tailor things to a wide variety of ages.  Here is a link to my friend Lynn's blog with some photos of the older kids.

Afterwards, we had a picnic lunch and time to play in the park.  It was a lovely day spent with friends.  I'm thankful to have a great group of friends to do these things with!