Behind our house in the middle of the city is a ravine. If you walk down the running trail behind our house, you are transported from urban life to a forest environment that is both surprising and refreshing. When it rains, the ravine fills with water and creates a trickling brook.
While there, I had the girls search for bugs, tadpoles, and fish. We didn’t see any tadpoles or fish (the water was probably running too fast), but we got to watch some bugs skate across the top of the water. We also ran across cottonwood seeds, saw a spiky vine, and learned how to watch out for signs of poison ivy (there was none) and cottonmouth snakes (also none).
On our journey, we also found many plants along the way. Bo was most interested in shaking the leaves to make the water droplets fall. Monkey searched for honeysuckle so she could drink the nectar. Sadly, the bees beat her to most of the flowers, but she was able to find nectar in a couple of blooms.
Tips for a Successful Science Nature Walk
- Bring a magnifying glass, bug catcher, digging tools, small plastic bottles for collecting specimens, binoculars, and a camera.
- Wear appropriate clothing for the scene.
- Bring bug spray and sunscreen.
- Know where you are at all times.
How do you make nature walks educational?