Posted by: thequaches | December 23, 2009

Chattahoochee Nature Center

We spent the afternoon roaming around the Chattahoochee Nature Center yesterday.  It is a great non-profit place that truly brings you back in touch with nature and allows children the ability to touch everything!

We started out by exploring the nature room:

See the fish and turtles swimming?!

Oh, the snake!  Matthew loved this tunnel!

They created a food chain using a pencil rubbing technique:

 Then we headed out doors and chose the easiest trail which led us through the aviary, beaver pond, and butterfly garden (although the butterflies were no where to be seen due to the cool weather – obviously they are pretty smart!).

The various birds they saw:

the barn owl

The red-tailed hawk:

 the bald eagle… although I don’t really see them in this picture. Maybe I was just aiming for a photo of all 5!

 They wandered off the trail for a bit of imaginative play — always trying to make that campfire!  Ma is supervising closely – she’s afraid they’ll fall in the river!

Ma found a bird’s nest that had fallen:

The huge beaver!  Wow… I never thought they would be so big in person!

These two boys are learning to be docents.  They (along with the help of mom) told the children so much about birds!  The children were able to create some stamping projects, look through magnifying glasses, observe some sand prints of various bird tracks, touch some bird eggs, feet/talons, and feathers!  These boys were really good, so I’ll be sure to write a letter on their behalf when I have time this week.

This boy (Bret) was pretty patient with Ethan:

footprints in the sand activity:

owl talon:

ostrich egg:

Ryan with magnifying glass:

Owl wings — the feathers are close to each other which means that when they fly, they are quiet. We also saw an eagle’s feather and they made a lot of noise!

Boy if holding the eagle feather, mom is holding owl wings:

Inside the educational center/trading center — apparently, this place is set up so that children can sign up to trade items for their collection.  If you bring in something, they are given a point value which will allow you to trade for another item — they had some pretty cool stuff!

 

Peter is listening for the ocean waves!

Ethan thought it was a good idea..

Then Nikki, who works there full time, gave a talk about a box turtle they had rescued.  She was involved in a car accident – the car didn’t see her.  They tried to save her leg but couldn’t.  Well, truth be told,I couldn’t even tell her leg was missing!  She was pertty quick!

During the talk he was getting anxious and wanted to touch the turtle…but since he couldn’t he was even more upset.  But once the talk was over he could touch the shell of a different turtle – he was fine with that!

It was a full afternoon!  We will return to walk a trail maybe… there were tons of trails but we didn’t have the motivation to go with 5 children today…  maybe next time we can visit the wetlands!

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