Nature Walk

by beth on October 15, 2010

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It was another per­fect Autumn day for explor­ing. Soon our days will get cold.

Very.

Very.

Cold.

We need to take advan­tage of the abil­ity to be out­side while we can, with­out being bun­dled up so tightly we look like the kid brother from A Christ­mas Story.

Why not take advan­tage of our many local Nature Cen­ters & the great out­doors?  And so when our friends ask if we would be able to for the morn­ing, we went.

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We were armed with a map.

We had a plan.

We had reserve plans in case those plans fell through.

Although it turns out that we didn’t need so many plans.

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We col­lected leaves, which will be used in our sci­ence & nature study. We have books to assist us as we study the sea­sons & Autumn.

We talked about the change of sea­sons & how our senses could help us dis­cover in nature.

We walked some more.

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We were able to see the start of life.  Well, aquatic life.

The kids were most excited about this find.

And we also saw a fam­ily of deer.  But even though we were vewy vewy quiet it turns out the deer weren’t buy­ing it.

No photo-ops today their dart­ing off into the woods told us.

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All & all it was a good day.

A very good day.

Do you have any Nature Cen­ters near you? I always love check­ing out dif­fer­ent ones here. I’ve been sad to see because of fund­ing cuts some are clos­ing or will no longer offer as many learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties.  I really loved see­ing here the library, the hands-on learn­ing avail­able in & out­doors, the classes they offer (even though decided to “go it alone” this time) & the abil­ity to research what we were find­ing out­doors.

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1 beths_confusion October 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm

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2 Sandra October 15, 2010 at 12:34 pm

As a matter of fact, we do have a nature centre, and I think this weekend would be a great time to go visit it. You inspired me. Great pictures and great post!

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3 beth October 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I hope you guys get the chance to go!

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4 AprilS October 15, 2010 at 1:55 pm

This is one of my favorite things about Fall. It’s a perfect time to walk and learn about nature. With Winter coming, there is usually a lot of activity with animals getting ready for the cold and there is nothing like finding pretty, colorful leaves on the ground.

Looks like you had a great day out and the kids were able to enjoy the nature walk. Yeah!

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5 beth October 16, 2010 at 4:43 pm

It really is a perfect time to get out there & walk. So much is going on & the beauty of the Fall is just amazing.

It was definitely a great day :)

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6 Joanne October 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm

That sounds like so much fun. I don’t know if we have a nature center nearby, but it is something worth looking into now.

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7 beth October 16, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Check it out & see. If not maybe there’s a larger park or other area where you can make your own nature center adventure :)

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8 Angie @ Many Little Blessings October 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I love all of these photographs! So much emotion in them! I think that last one of them walking on the wooden path is my favorite. (Maybe I need to take the kids to a nature center!)

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9 beth October 19, 2010 at 7:58 am

Thanks Angie! I’ve been trying to work on how to take photographs so it captures the moment more :)

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10 Michelle October 18, 2010 at 10:23 pm

I love this post – I love our local nature center. We also have quite a few county parks that have tons of wonderful family programs too. 2 weeks ago, I took my daughter and her friend to an American Girl themed campfire with nature hike (and crafts, and smores.. this was for me, too!!) – it was so much fun! Not a lot of people in my community dig around to find the programs, but they are a wonderful and economical resource for the family!

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11 beth October 19, 2010 at 8:00 am

The American Girl campfire sounds like a lot of fun! I want to go!! I agree too, that a lot folks don’t realize how wonderful & economical many local community resources are. I can only hope that more people find out! Because they are so much fun & worth the effort :)

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12 Debbie October 24, 2010 at 8:59 am

Great photos! We have the Green Briar Nature Center on Cape Cod and the Cape Cod Beach Conservation area to wonder in as well as many other local walks and hikes… Ain’t nature grand?
Nature is Good Medicine!
Deb

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