Before heading out for a hike led by the students, or newly christened "kid naturalists," we reviewed the events of our year together with a slideshow and some conversations.
Our hike started off with a visit to the pond. We enjoyed testing our net skills again and caught many different creatures. From frogs to dragonfly nymphs with a special visit from a snapping turtle, we certainly discovered the life of a pond.
Then, it was off to the vista for a splendid view of the aftermath of the last Ice Age. Along the way, we searched for newly dropped fawns and saw the green growth that has sprouted since our last visit, fresh off a prairie burn.
As we left the vista, we learned more about invasive species, including the pretty but pesky Dame's Rocket. Of course, with my class being invasive experts and active pullers of garlic mustard, I wasn't surprised to see them pull this purple invasive in out hike through the woods.
We also found tons of snail-covered skunk cabbage plants, wildflowers, and of course stumps, perfect for stump jumping.
Once inside, we took a look at the "year in review" tables set up around the meeting space, full of activities and learning tools utilized in our programs throughout the year.
We also had to enjoy the nature center's animal and artifact displays.