Thursday, June 7, 2018

Timberwolf Trail - Trail Camera Captures - Spring 2018 Edition

Enjoy a number of shots from March though My on the Timberwolf Trail.

Sunset deer

Snow deer

Lassie. . .Timmy fell in a well.

Squirrels on the run


Sunset Deer

Northern Flicker

Eat those ticks Mr. Opossum

Raccoon on the run

Aren't you supposed to be in Canada?

Alvin, Simon, or Theodore

See you in summer. Are you listening?

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Timberwolf Trail - Week 38- 2017-18 Edition - Final Week

Hard to believe, but we are nearing the end of another amazing year of nature kindergarten. It has been an awesome year of citizen science, service, and outdoor adventure. Of course, with just a few days left, we only had one small service project left. While we already have a pretty awesome rock pile, we also have another area the kids call the gravel pile. We had a family donate a number of rocks which we are adding to the gravel pile and turning into another fun nature construction area for next year.

We are leaving plenty of time open to natural play in our last week. While kids have free time on the trial, it is great to see them try out new things and return to some of their favorites.

We had our final birding session and low and behold, who did we run into but a small group of turkeys. We saw a tom doing his best to impress two hens. The kids were mesmerized and decided to some "tracking" turkey work into the woods.

Of course, we did a lot of bug hunting and tree climbing but we also did some natural decorating. With some of our donated birdboxes, the kids added their names and I will place them throughout the land this summer.

We also had a nature kindergarten-wide celebration where we decorated tree cookies,

Post tree cookie decorating sapling drawing

jump roped,

hula hooped,

tossed balls and frisbees,

and played catch.

And in better late than never news, our trail sign was finally officially installed.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Tyke Hike #53 -National Trails Day 2018 - Hartland

On this cool spring morning, it was wonderful to get out on the trail at one of our biggest events of the year: National Trails Day. With Embry busy, this was Oakley's first Tyke Hike without her sister. She didn't seem to mind as they was plenty to capture and keep her attention.

Once we went hiking, one of our first objectives was to teach the attendees the importance of "bopping the blazes."

We also taught the importance of trail maintenance and worked together to collect two large bags of garlic mustard and some trash.

Of course, a Tyke Hike isn't complete without some natural play.

Oakley was a little preoccupied and didn't complete her Ice Age Trail BINGO, but I have a feeling she (and her big sis) will have plenty of opportunity this summer.