Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Nature Class

There were a few openings in our homeschooling group's nature class that we were happy to fill.  We attended a few classes at the nature center last year but had too many other things going on this year to participate on a regular basis.  The guides are very knowledgeable and it is such a treat to take the nature trail and listen to them talk.

The kids learned how to count tree rings and determined this tree was about 25 years old when it was chopped down.  Interestingly enough, there is a dark ring and a light ring for every year of growth.  The dark ring is for winter and fall when the tree grows slowly and the light ring is for spring and summer when the tree grows faster.  So you only count light rings or dark rings to determine the age.  If you count both, you have to divide by two.

A butterfly with an injured wing.

Guess what they're about to do with their field kits?  Yes, dig in the earth for bugs.  Oh boy.

The boys really liked this.

Emily got a millipede.

Boys, dirt, bugs...

And I had something really knowledgeable to write about this knarled tree.  But my memory fails me.  I waited too long.  If it comes to me, I will edit the post.

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