A couple of weeks ago, we met with our Roots & Shoots club for our monthly nature walk. In the past, some of our most successful walks are those in which I allow the kids the freedom to explore the area on their own. What of interest can you find? To get them started, though, I lead them on a scavenger hunt to direct their attention to their natural surroundings. A few of the items on the list included:
☐ Find a tree with a buck-rub.
☐ Find a pine cone. Can you identify what kind of tree it came from?
☐ Find tracks in the snow and identify them. What kind are they?
☐ Find brown leaves still hanging from an oak tree.
☐ Find a frozen waterfall.
We didn’t actually find a frozen waterfall but the river was frozen along the edges and on the submerged logs. What struck us the most was the beauty of the ice. There was even ice on the rocks under the water.
Buddy was drawn to the ice atop the river as well. The photo doesn’t show the patterns on the ice yet he was intrigued and began to make an hypothesis about what caused it. The wheels in my brain began to turn as I recalled a number of activities that I had wanted to integrate into our science / nature study curriculum. I just need the snow to start falling again …