This past Saturday was the first class of my Spring Nature Club. Each Saturday morning for four weeks we will meet at a local park and spend our time fully immersed in the great outdoors together. I love how the group is always mixed ages. The children have so much to learn from one another. The little ones look up to and imitate the older ones and the big children practice their caregiving skills by helping the small ones with the activities.
We were lucky to have a beautiful spring day to enjoy together. We started out by exploring the trails together.
A camouflage tree that matched one little boy’s camouflage pants and top. We named the tree after him. From what I can tell, however, this is actually a Sycamore tree.
When we reached the field, we took a break on a really cool double bench we found. They all had some water and talked about their discoveries. I gave each child a Nature Notebook with a Scavenger Hunt List of things to search for on our hike. They enjoyed comparing notes and figuring out which items still needed to be found.
I love this work so much. The children loved it too. It feels good to be outdoors learning together. I look foward to next weekend.