Thursday, September 29, 2011

September 29, 2011 - Field Trip L.C. Bates Museum

Instead of our usual science co-op class, today we headed over to the natural history museum. L.C. Bates is one of my favorite places to visit. Their educators are fantastic and they have all kinds of great programs for kids. We use them frequently.

As a tie in to our science, however, we planned a visit to learn about birds. Once there we did split in to two groups to make it easier to tour and learn. All the high school age children went with one instructor outside to start their learning (so I have no photos or much knowledge about what they did) and the younger set stayed inside.

The children listened to some lecture but there was a lot of hands on learning going on as well. Once Deborah had spoken for a bit, she set up a few stations for the kids to work on. One was dissecting an owl pellet, another was creating a nature journal (stamping bird feet molds), doing bird plate rubbings, and creating a owl out of pom-poms. The kids had a good time with all of these activities.

We then switched with the older kids coming in and we all headed out for a walk to see what we could find for bird evidence. While we did see a few birds here and there, this isn't the best time of year for birding. However, the kids still had a great time.

Evidence of a yellow-bellied sap sucker.

Getting ready to head out on our walk.

This was a nice break from regular schoolwork and it was a gorgeous fall day so it was lovely to spend it outside.

Day #27/175 Days

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