Nature School last week was a true adventure--thank goodness for our one big huge snowfall of the season that gifted us with such an exciting week.
It seems like the kids taught us adults so much this past week, sharing their wisdom and knowledge of the world and of nature... We learned (from a child!) about the 'subnivean layer' under the snow, where small animals can live and tunnel during the winter. We all partook in an interesting discussion about the insulating nature of snow, realizing that our Tipi all covered in snow was keeping us warm--and that this was similar to how animals can also be insulated by snow in their dens and burrows. Some of the kids remembered that this fellow here, in the picture, below, was feeling toasty when he was buried on the field. Snow is a really interesting mystery, we decided!
Our fun began on the field, and we had to work hard to convince the kids that it would be even way more fun (if such a thing was possible) to play in the forest than on the field. It was a long trek to the back of the school, to the forest and thankfully we had a fresh (heavy!) propane tank to haul that weighed down one of our sleds, and helped make a path. Those little legs had a lot of work to do tromping through the snow!
On Wednesday we didn't stray far from the Tipi. There was snow to shovel off of the walls, paths to tromp out, and with our morning walk taking longer than usual, our time just flew. It wasn't until Friday that any children ventured down the path away from the Tipi, and by then the snow had compressed a bit to make for easier walking.
The first adventurers post snow-mageddon.
Shovelling out our long-time ice-slide to find that the ice was still there, just buried under a whole whack of snow.
Hungry, hungry hippos. Many conversation with the kids about how your body needs lots of food in the winter, which it uses up like fuel to help keep you warm. Well-fed, warmly dressed kids makes Nature School fun!
Our ice art survived the snow storm, and it was exciting to pop them out and hang on a tree.
We were proud of the wolf cubs and all the work they did this week, pulling sleds, bonding over the shared experience of being together about the big snowstorm. Nothing like a little forest adventure in the elements to help you feel brave, proud and strong!
The kids know that if they can walk across the field in good time, they'll have a few minutes before pick-up to play on the giant snow pile by the parking lot! I hope you enjoyed reading about our snowy week at Nature School
Nature Explorers (K-4)
The big kids enjoyed a day of sledding at the Rec Centre. While we usually stick to our forested spots, this weather was too good to pass up for tobogganing. Our gang of 13 handled themselves so well, trekking up and whizzing down, dealing with snow in their faces and down their necks and everything that comes with a good old day of sledding
We had a short and sweet group time for snack and tea, where we talked a bit about what to do if you find yourself lost in the woods. Despite lots of interesting and creative ideas from the kids, the most important one we came up with is--stop where you are! Try not to panic, a feeling which will pass. Find a tree to stick close and call out for help. I rounded up a few volunteers to try an 'experiment,' where a blindfolded child was asked to try and walk in a straight line towards a shovel propped up a little ways away. It was clear that after a few meters the tendency was to veer off course (and over a longer distance people's tendency is to walk in big circles). Lesson learned--try not to get lost!
Thanks for reading!
We hope you'll join us for the March 9 Campfire Event at Morris Garden Centre. Come spend a fun evening with friends around a warm fire. Songs, campfire games and storytelling start at 5:00. Food will be available for sale courtesy of the Peppered Pig (barbecue). All ages are welcome and admission is by donation per family. A collaboration of Morris Flowers and the Creston Kids Outside Society!