Yesterday, we joined some homeschooling friends to visit a nearby Wildlife Refuge. It was a beautiful day for it..not too hot and not too cool. Between the four families, we had eight children in attendance. The oldest of the eight was only six years old, so I don't think anyone was too surprised that we didn't see any actual wildlife! I'm pretty sure the Wildlife Refuge was emptied of all wildlife by the time our noisy children left. However, we did still have a great time and the kids did get to learn a bit about nature and wildlife while we were there. After a picnic lunch, we all took off on our walk.
The Refuge had a very nice boardwalk area that went through the swamp. (Which was also nice in keeping the children corralled!)
The Refuge is under construction, so eventually the nice boardwalk ended, but we were able to continue walking the path.
The children found animal tracks in the mud and we had a good time identifying them. We found coyote, deer, and raccoon tracks on our walk.
On our way back we found some neat pods on the boardwalk that must've fallen from one of the trees. One of the moms took them home to see if they could be identified.
It was a really fun day for the kids and myself. It's always nice to get together with other like-minded families. I'm very thankful that we have a strong homeschooling community in my area.