Monday, April 18, 2011

Nature Study Group: Wild Flowers

We began with our usual picnic lunch. Then the kids were anxious to get moving. We ventured down to the nearby creek to take a look. It was flowing much faster and seemed deeper than the last time we were here 2 years ago. The kids couldn't resist. Evan picked up some stones and began tossing them in the water. and Sky made a discovery (which she put back where she found it). This week's lesson was on wild flowers. The same very knowledgeable mom taught the children the parts of a plant and the parts of a flower. She also taught about pollination and how flowers grow and tied it in a little bit with the lesson last time on seeds. She had some great handouts, too. The favorite handout was a list of wildflowers we might find in our area, with little photos of each. So the kids were off on their Wildflower Scavenger Hunt. There were quite a few beautiful flowers to see and....... lots and lots and I mean LOTS of mud to contend with. But in the spring, at a park such as this, that is to be expected. We tried to stay on the boardwalks and dry-ish land as much as possible, though. Of course the most famous wildflower that this park is known for is it's Bluebells. They were everywhere, creating a sea of light blue.

We ended up at another part of the creek and, though it was deep, it wasn't as fast moving. And you can see the many Bluebells on the other side.

(I'll try to identify the ones above a bit later)

Just breathtaking! Evan and I had a moment alone as we walked and I asked him who made this beautiful place. He answered, "God". And I said, "He sure must love us a lot to give us a place as wonderful as this to visit.." Evan agreed. :)

The kids were able to spot many different types of wildflowers, but the Bluebells were definitely the most apparent.

My kids returned to the van tired, happy, thirsty (yes I had water with me) and well....

a bit muddy. But like I said, that's to be expected.

And well worth it!

Have a wonderful week everyone!




Grandma Jo said...

Sounds and looks like a fun adventure! My dad used to take us on walks like this - me and my sisters! We found all kinds of wild flowers but I think it depends on the time of year you walk. I like the "jack-in-the-pulpit" ones. And there were ones called "trillions" or something like that. They were red or white. These bluebells are so refreshingly beautiful in contrast to all the mud! God is good and gives us many good things especially in nature. What a wonderful way to learn. LYAB!

Tina said...

Glad this brought back some good memories for you! I hope you can join us for this some year (on perhaps a less muddy day). :) <3 u!