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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Nature Walk with Faye - The Magic of the Woods

As our theme is Wonderland/Magic this month, our favorite naturalist Faye Stoner showed us a lot of really magical things happening RIGHT NOW in County Farm Park.

We always love our times with Faye, and have developed a very special relationship. She is pretty magical herself. For many of us, this was the first time meeting her. We will see her again in the Winter and then at the end of the year. Each time, the woods are different and wonderful.

The first thing we did, after a short hike with various equipment, was to find as many intact acorns as we could. We figured we knew where to find nuts as there were a lot of squirrels in one particular place. We made them a little snack for later.

Then Faye had us look at the oak tree from which they came. We wondered at the size of the oak, and the "magic" that makes a tiny acorn turn into such a magnificent and huge tree.

We looked at leaves and learned about chlorophyl. The changing leaves tell us that they will soon fall to the ground.

Another magical thing is how caterpillars turn into moths and butterflies. Very quickly, we found 3 different species of caterpillars, including the wooly bear.

Then it was time to find some other insects. The students got to use genuine insect nets used by entomologists to sweep the fields. We found spiders, crickets, ants, and lots of others.

I wish every child could have as many experiences in nature as our children do. We are so lucky that our school is so close to this special park, and to have Faye in our lives to teach us about the magic of nature.

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