Thursday, November 7, 2013

Learning at the Lake

This visit happened a while ago but unfortunately the post got lost in the shuffle. On this day we visited Swan Lake with some friends of ours. It was a chance to run off some energy and observe some fall beauty. On our walk we were on the lookout for plants like duck weed, nettle and the invasive hawthorne. We found plenty of fungi which the kids are always intrigued by. And we kept our eyes open for wildlife like ducks, swans, herons, hummingbirds and squirrels. It was a beautiful day but the animals were scarce. Not a duck in sight the whole time we were there.

So after a lovely walk, we stopped in at the nature centre. The kids got to visit with the turtles, frogs, lizards, fish and toads. They also had plenty of hands-on exhibits like nests of different local birds, wasp paper, bones and lizard skin. April also liked the owl exhibit, really aren't we all suckers for owls? It really is a wonderful centre for education on local wildlife and I look forward to bringing April here for years to come.

It was such a lovely day and April chatted away to me about all the things she saw and discovered on our way home. I love when the excitement doesn't end when the trip ends. She loved telling us about the mushrooms and the caterpillars and turtles and frogs while we had dinner. It was a wonderful way to end a special day.

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