Thursday, October 2, 2008

Walk with Faye

Faye Stoner took us on a walk to explore two habitats in County Farm Park. First stop, the grasslands where she collected bugs. She swung her net through the grass and caught spiders, beetles, caterpillars, and crickets. Faye told us if we tried this on a dry, sunny, fall day we would catch a more bugs and a larger variety.

Next, she had the children get in pairs. The task was to fill an egg carton with signs of fall. The children found Asters, a purple fall flower, as well as dried grass seedpods, white dogwood berries and dried Queen Ann’s Lace. After finding some items in the grasslands, we moved into the next habitat, the woods. Faye took us down her “secret” path. By the time we got back to a main path, the children’s egg cartons were filled with acorns, hickory nuts, colorful leaves, and mushrooms.

At the end of the tour, Faye challenged the children to spend 1 minute in silence, listening to the woods. As you know, we are a very talkative group, so this was a real challenge but true to form, the children met the challenge and we had a magical moment of peace amongst the trees. As always, Faye has awoken us to the natural world around us.

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