This week I noticed lots of kids laying on their backs on the forest floor (trying out new perspectives, maybe?). I love that the leafy layer is so inviting to the senses at this time of year, all of the rich smells, sticks closer at hand, crunchy sounds...It seems like the fir trees are extra-alive too, these days, as we can sure notice the wonderful fir smell of pitch seeping out of the bark.
As usual, there was lots of complicated rope play (and politics/ethics around how ropes should be strung up along/across a busy section of our pathway). There was a 'hunting' expedition deep in the forest, children were digging for sleeping worms and lots of creative and collaborative play around the climbing tree. We enjoyed two stories at snack time around the fire, just for the heck of it! Now that the tree branches are exposed, we can really watch our resident squirrels as they hop around in the trees!
The favourite 'look out' tree for this young wolf cub! He practically runs there each day when it's time to play...
On Friday Nature School moved indoors, to the kindergarten classroom for the morning. Never fear, Nature was still the focus, as we engaged with Danica from WildSafe BC. Our morning was chock full of giant animal track replicas, animal hides, antlers and even a few game camera-type videos of different local animals like bear and deers.
We learned about good practices for ‘keeping the wildlife wild,’ like keeping garbage tucked away at home and not intentionally feeding wildlife. We also did some role playing about what we could do if we actually encountered a bear or an aggressive deer or moose, like putting our hands up to make ourselves look big, talking loudly, and walking away backwards. Never run from a wild animal!
The Nature School kids conducted themselves extremely well over the somewhat long hour, listening, sitting respectfully and eagerly answering questions. Good job, wolf cubs! Thanks to the kindergarten class for welcoming us in, sharing your toys, and learning with us : )