Faye Stoner, the wonderful naturalist who works at County Farm Park, took us on another nature walk yesterday. Faye always likes to know what our students are studying and, whenever possible, links the topic with our walks. This month's theme was perfect as there are so many ways to learn about the circle of life while out in nature.
Our first stop was a maple sap collection bucket. Each child got to taste the icy-cold and delicious sweet water. Faye also let us taste the maple syrup she had made from the very same tree. The children learned that it takes many jugs of the sweet sap to make just a tiny bit of syrup.
The children excitedly told Faye about the larva in our room - our meal worms. Some of the mealworms are now in the pupa stage, and we are awaiting for them to emerge as their adult forms.
We next saw some rabbit scat. Faye told us that rabbits eat their "first poop" in order to get every ounce of nutrition from the food they can. Amazing.
Finally, we found the remains of a rabbit, seemingly freshly killed by a fox, an owl, or other animal in the natural hierarchy. All part of the circle of life.
Our hour went so quickly, but we said goodbye knowing that we would meet with Faye again soon. We are incredibly lucky to have our relationship with Faye, and with the beautiful nature park right in our backyard.