Our day started out pretty typically; all three boys slept in a bit after being up late last night and they were all pretty lethargic. We spent an abnormally long time watching TV, playing video games and toying with the idea of ignoring school today. By mid- afternoon we were finally ready to do something and since all the boys did do some reading, writing and math we decided to head out on a field trip. We've checked out a few Audubon centers over the years but we found a "new" one nearby that we had not yet been to. It was great! We knew it wasn't the perfect season for bird watching but it was a warmish, sunny day and we figured we'd see something while out walking.
Not pictured; the center is setting up for a holiday bazaar and the boys had a great time looking through all the books, playing with the stuffed animals that made bird noises, and looking through all the fabulous artwork displayed by a local artist. The boys and I talked about the skill used in creating such breath taking watercolors and then about the importance of numbers in the process of print making. It was a fabulous day and we'll definitely be back! We can't wait to see how the area changes through the seasons.
|We started with our picnic|
|Look at the view! I bet it was amazing last month with the foliage!|
|Evan thought these "wrinkly" trees were neat|
|The younger boys loved this tree with most of it's roots showing|
|So many bushes, berries, and plants had gone to see and it was neat to|
feel and compare them all
|Like all these cattails!|
|Reading about the history and the animals in the area we were hiking|
|Looking for bird's nests|
|Another neat tree all ready to let it's seeds fly|
|Alec thought these "thorny balls" were the coolest thing he'd ever seen|
|Until we stumbled upon this one that had lost it's hard, thorny outer shell!|
|There were lots of beautiful berries around|
|See the bird nest?|
|inside the center we checked out taxidermy animals and Alec|
read most of the informational sheets alongside each animal
after telling us several facts he already knew. He was really
taken with the flying squirrel since he's never seen one in real life
|Evan was more excited about the otter|
|Tree swallow-- Alec was able to show me how the feathers change|
color depending on the light.
|Playing with the light up trail map|