We are blessed to live in an area where Nature Preserves and parks abound, and they can all be enjoyed for free. Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day, and we decided to take full advantage of it. When we arrived at the park, we first went into the welcome center and found all kinds of wonderful things for the young and old to explore. There was a table just for kids where they could handle turkey feathers, racks from young and mature deer, skulls from a raccoon (it was so interesting to see their teeth and understand why they eat anything and everything they can sink their teeth into!), rocks and minerals and more. We learned about the history of the park, what they are doing to preserve the prairie, and the programs available to youth and adults. Almost every single one of them is free. Can you say FIELD TRIPS?
After we finished in the welcome center, we set off on a mile long hike (2 miles round trip), where we saw gorgeous flowers and trees and VIEWS. It was so breezy and open...what a wonderful way to celebrate God's greatness. (We are definitely going back in the fall!)
Once we climbed the steep uphill post-glacier formation, we arrived at the top for breathtaking views and some photo opportunities. Cody wrote in his journal (we are keeping track of everything we do this year), we had a snack of red and green grapes, caught our breath and headed back down. It was - put simply - a perfect, beautiful day. I just registered us for the many free programs we can participate in this year, a couple of which completely relate to our history curriculum! You'll hear more about those in the days to come...
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.