Scales Nature Park display was the first stop.
our visit there last fall and were eager to see the snakes again.
Then the girls headed to the art table where they made some leaf rubbings and a pair of binoculars.
Then they entered the art in the forest drawing contest. They found themselves a comfy place to sit and started their drawings.
This is Aayla's spider in the forest.
Sierra drew a beautiful picture of an owl in a tree, with a Pegasus, 3 fairies, and a bee but she put it in the contest box before I got a picture of it finished
We saw a mini bee hive. Below Aayla is sniffing the holes in the sides as the honey smelled wonderful!
We sat and had our lunch and then we still had a bit of time before the bug safari so we went inside to see some of the displays. Sierra read all the names and the lady handed her the cards and asked her to put them back where they went and she got them all right.
Beside the beaver on another table was a beaver skull that someone found on one of the workshop walks in the morning. When you picked it up the tooth only looked about an inch long but if you carefully pulled it out in fact it's teeth are about 4-5" long.
Next it was time to head back outside to go on our bug safari. This was by far our favourite part of the day.
Everyone gathered around in the shade and they recapped what birds they saw in the morning and discussed our activities for the afternoon.
First up was bug catching. Everyone headed out into the field with a net trying to catch any critters they could.
|A baby grasshopper|
|Sierra with one of the butterflies she caught|
When everyone was finished observing the creatures they all were let go and we continued the afternoon with a search for wild flowers. The group was dividing into smaller groups and headed back out into the field to see how many different wild flowers they could find hidden amongst the grasses. Here is what they found.
|Cow Vetch (Bird Vetch)|
|Narrow leaf Plantain (blooms just starting)|
After our wild flower search we discussed etiquette about picking flowers. Certain flowers like clover and dandelions are plentiful and are OK to pick in moderation but there are plants like Trilliums which die when picked that is not OK to pick at all...ever! We discussed how sometimes its fun to make nature art with things we pick and spent five minutes quickly picking a few common leaves and flowers to make art from them.
|Can you guess what this is?|
Next we headed out on a wagon ride.
Even though we didn't arrive until noon we crammed in a fun filled afternoon and will be sure to sign up for some of the workshops next year. Have you ever attended the Carden nature festival? Or other nature Festivals?