I sure got out of my comfort zone and wrapped up the kids and went on a snowy nature hike.
They were thrilled.
They came prepared, with magnifying glasses, compasses, and their nature journals.
Alex liked looking at the lichen and moss on the trees.
We noticed the different layers of snow and ice on our walk, where the wind and shade affected it.
The girls looked for birds and studied the seeds and buds on the trees.
We spotted a bird’s nest!
The keepers of the nature center help the fallen trees create habitats and keep the paths clear by sawing the logs. We noticed the rings in one.
Look at that view! The ponds and creeks were frozen.
We noticed different kinds of scat near the creeks and the keepers make sure to provide feeding areas for birds with seed.
We spotted lots of deer prints in the snow!
Towards the end of our hike, just as we were getting a little bored and pretty tired, we spotted a small herd of deer, quite close. There were about five does and they’re weren’t worried about us at all.
We collected a few treasures from the ground for our nature box and notebooking. We completed notebooking pages for our journals after we got home and warmed up.
I am so impressed with Tori’s twig drawing. I even got Alex some notebooking pages. He really dislikes drawing, so we did a snowy sensory page.
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How do you learn about nature in winter?