Parker's class took a field trip to Westwood Hills Nature Center last week. We went there this spring for a friend's birthday party and I was excited to go back. Jimmy was also excited because he took many trips here as a kid. There were short paras to go along and Parker needs one on one attention at times like this, so they asked if a parent could attend. I got to ride the bus with him, which was a new experience. It's been a long time since I was in a confined space with that many kindergarteners. It was so loud with all the chatter, but Parker didn't mind.
I tried to get a picture of him exploring, but this was the best I could do. They had a fun puppet show, but Parker refused to sit and watch, so we took a walk outside.
Once the show was over we took a nature walk and learned about the different kinds of leaves on the ground. I one below is a white oak. Parker did great on the walk, holding my hand the whole time.
|In the Apiary, where the bees live|
Every student brought an apple and we used them to make cider. We crushed the apples with a crank and pressed the juice out. Parker took a couple sips, then dropped the cup. I was bummed because it was really tasty.
We ended the trip on the playground. This is a new addition to the nature center and the kids had a blast. If you look closely you can see they made the uprights look like tree trunks. It was a really fun day and I can't wait for another one!