Nature Quest -Cromwell Valley Park

The van saga/creepy drunk dude trying to break in derailed our nature quest plans. We’ve only a few more weeks before the deadline to fill up our passbook.

Today we went to Cromwell Valley State Park. It’s a lovely spot.

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Our quest marker was on Minebank Run Trail, an easy walk alongside a creek.

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There are three lime kilns along this trail. They operated between 1790 and 1920.

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“Last one up the hill is a rotten dinosaur egg!”

That would be me.

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Up that hill was the Nature Quest marker! Another one down.

Nature Study isn’t a thing you plan, its a thing you just go and do.

You go out into nature and let the children explore…then you talk to them/make observations about what they bring to you.

So today we talked,

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insects, (he was missing a leg when i caught him)

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Walnuts and earthworms. Tessa found six earthworms today and was very pleased about it. We had to take all of their pictures.

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Aidan found harvestmen (daddy long legs) and tried to ricochet rocks across the creek to hit a certain point.  I think I’ll just start calling him “cheekbones.”

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a teeny crustacean (pill bug, roly poly)

We also saw frogs,and a millipede.

Friday we’ll go back to look for the second marker.

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