Monday, June 8, 2015

Trips into the community

I found this post from a couple weeks ago that never got published. I hope you enjoy reading about these trips even though they are a bit belated.

It is hard to top learning through first hand experiences.  This week, we had the chance to take 2 trips to learn more about our community. 

Monday was our spring walk (that felt more like summer) with Naturalist, Faye Stoner.  On the walk, we tried to find 50 signs of spring.  In doing so, we learned about many native species.  We were very lucky and heard and saw a Baltimore Oriole.  We sucked nectar from a honey suckle flower, 

collected and released many critters found under leaves, 

and saw several toads. 

The children renamed the path we were on "Toad Road". 

We also learned about the non-native species, garlic mustard.  This species is very invasive so we helped by removing the ones we found while on our walk.

Friday we went to the MRF (Material Recovery Facility) to learn what happens to the recycled items after we put them in our recycling bins. While there we learn about why it is so important to recycle, reuse, and compost.  We also got to make our own paper and tour the facility. One important lesson was to make sure you clean your containers before your put them in the recycle bin. Some people didn't do this and boy does that make things stinky. MRF has monthly weekend events, that are fun for the whole family. 

Thank you Jennifer and Jill for accompanying us on the trip, the extra hands and eyes were greatly appreciated.

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