For one of my days, the elementary schools all met up and went out to a nature park. I was told that it was for bird watching, though it was clear that it was actually to look at the success of the birdhouses that the kids had built. The outing was fun and reminiscent of the seeming annual outings to the P.J. Hoffmaster state park. While there, some interesting guy was chatting with the kids and leading them through the learning adventure. He was a cool guy and I was able to chat with him a bit later as well. While listening to the guy, a student and I found the largest daddy long legs I have ever seen. It’s largest leg span easily stretched from my fingertip to my wrist.
Most of my observations have little to do with the location, but more so how the event was conducted.
The first thing was that every teacher took a school issued camera and used it to document the event. There were probably about 20 cameras all there taking pictures of the exact same things. Here is a fantastic picture that captures that.
Another one was the squatting technique that these kids have all mastered. The butt doesn’t touch the ground at all.
After this, we walked around the park, which was up in the mountains a bit and quite beautiful. We looked at some bird houses, the guy talked about them, and then it was time for food. This was great. While we had been doing all of our adventuring, some staffers had been cooking pizzas in a real brick oven. (you can see it in the background of the picture above.) This was really good, and also the first pizza I’d had since leaving home. We all sat together around a fire. One more picture of me with one of more likable students.