“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” –Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
Connection with nature and a sense of appreciation for the natural world is more important now than ever. This week, our experience at Nature’s Classroom was an excellent way to achieve this connection. For the last three days, we have been immersed in the great outdoors, having unforgettable experiences from nature hikes and fire-making to pond exploration, science quests, and connecting through quiet evening activities like quiet sing-alongs and a campfire.
One of the highlights of our trip was our nature hikes. With our experienced naturalists, we ventured into the woods, where we encountered an abundance of flora and fauna. Through these hands-on experiences, the children witnessed the beauty of the natural world up close, fostering their curiosity and deepening their understanding of ecological systems. From identifying different plant species to observing wildlife in their natural habitats, our hikes sparked a profound appreciation for the delicate balance of nature.
Another highlight was the art of fire-making. Upper El students learned this ancient skill using carbon and flint. Under the guidance of our skilled instructor, Ranger, they discovered the science behind fire ignition and understood how early humans harnessed this powerful element for survival. This activity instilled a sense of self-reliance and respect for the tools and knowledge passed down through generations.
Through our pond exploration, students explored the wonders of aquatic ecosystems. Armed with nets and buckets, they dove into the world of frogs, tadpoles, fish, dragonfly nymphs, and many other captivating macroscopic creatures. This activity helped us develop a sense of environmental stewardship and taught us the importance of protecting these delicate habitats.
Nature’s Classroom isn’t just about exploring nature but also about engaging in scientific inquiry. During our Science Quest, we participated in hands-on experiments that bridged the gap between theory and practice. We learned about air movement, what fire needs to burn, and the effect of releasing carbon dioxide in a closed container. These activities encouraged critical thinking, problem-solving, and a deeper understanding of scientific concepts.
Our trip to Nature’s Classroom was an exceptional experience of connecting with nature and each other. Thank you for allowing your children to share this with us!
Have a great weekend,
Karen and Angie