Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Timberwolf Trail - Week 14 - 2017-18 Edition

After quite an above average fall season so far, it was refreshingly winter-like today. We had an array of activities today. Starting off with a reading of In the Snow: Who's Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George, we prepared for the chillier temperatures buy discussing how we would continue to help our animal friends during the long, cold winter season.

The class split in half. One half worked on making seed feeder with toilet paper rolls and the other half investigated a variety of field guides.

After flip-flopping groups, we reviewed a variety of frail camera pictures and connected them to a  beginning study of mammals by watching a short video about forest mammals.

Then it was time to head outside to place our feeders and enjoy some natural play. We also practiced snowshoeing with hopes that the flakes would be flying soon.

In the afternoon, we read the book Wild Tracks, by Jim Arnosky before having a special guest from Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources (and her adorable 12 month old daughter) lead us in a session on track identification.

We then hiked out to our outdoor classroom and looked at spots where we will hopefully see some of these tracks much more clearly when the snow starts to fall.

It is always fun to work with someone new and have the experience nature kindergarten in all of its glory.

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