One of the benefits of currently living on the Forgotten Coast here in Florida is enjoying all the natural beauty around us.
This weekend we took a family field trip to nearby Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. Located near East Point, FL just before you drive over the Apalachicola Bay to St. George Island, this Reserve has an incredible Nature Walk, an Overlook for observing the Bay, and a wonderful Nature Center with lots of specimens, exhibits as well as aquariums.
We had another fun visit to Friedrich Wilderness Park for the Explore class this week. This month’s topic was “The Wolf Wore Shoes” – this was an exploration of animals in children’s literature.
The kids explored several book selections and discussed whether the animals in the books were 1) real animals doing real things, 2) real animals doing imaginary things (like wear cloths) or 3) imaginary animals doing imaginary things. Kyri had a blast!
After the classroom portion, everyone went for a nature walk at the park, exploring the plant and animal inhabitants there. I managed to keep up with Kyri even though I was wearing Julian the whole time and carrying Ender a fair amount too. He loved the nature walk!
We are big fans of San Antonio Botanical Garden – we love visiting, seeing the exhibits they offer during the year, and taking advantage of the wonderful homeschool classes they offer.
This fall, there is a wonderful exhibit – Dinosaur Stampede,which runs from September 1st through December 31st 2012. Large dinosaur models are located throughout the Garden. For more information, check out the brochure on SABOT’s website.
We visited the Garden this Saturday (September 1st) for the opening day activities. There were plenty of games, crafts and educational material for children as well as the whole family. Kyri had a blast decorating a dinosaur mask and a pair of T. Rex feet. She loved the dinosaur obstacle course and didn’t get caught once in the tar pit! We were able to see plenty of fossilized wood and coprolite (that’s fossilized poop…) and Kyri even got a small piece of fossilized wood to take hom for her collection.
We managed, even with all the activities, to make it around the Garden and check out all most of the dinosaurs on display. As I went through our pictures and matched them to the exhibit guide I realized a couple that we missed – we somehow managed to miss the Tropical room and their dino inhabitants! Luckily we will be back in two weeks and will be sure to visit all of the dinosaurs again. All I can say is, with prehistoric millipedes being several feet long (somehow I missed a pictures of these scary beasts!), I am really glad we weren’t around back then!
San Antonio Botanical Garden offers a curriculum guide for the exhibit. We didn’t use this for our initial visit since it was the opening day, but we are planning an upcoming visit with our homeschool group, so we will be utilizing some of the educational material provided before our next visit.
This was a girls day – just Kyri and I went, and we left the boys at home for the day. While I think Ender and Daddy would have had fun, it was awesome spending the day with just Kyri – she loved the undivided attention from Mom. When you spend all day with your children, it is definitely important to make time for this individual attention.
Allosaurus and babies.
Kyri gets her face painted with a Hello Kitty mask. She was so happy!