During our second week we drew pictures of the specimens we’d collected on the nature trail, using our magnifying lenses to take a closer look at them so as not to miss any of their fine lines, bumps, marks, specks, hairs, and other unique properties. For inspiration, we looked at Ellsworth Kelly’s Plant Drawings before getting to work on our own.
Next, we got to work on our own drawings!
We also took advantage of some wet weather to get out of the greenhouse, and look for worms and insects in the mud and under wet leaves and rocks. We found many! It was thrilling to get our hands dirty and dig around to find animals wiggling to the surface (or trying to stay hidden).
Finally, in our third week, we were excited to see our specimen drawings turned into scavenger hunt cards! We took to the trail with great enthusiasm to be outdoors, exploring the surroundings we’d grown familiar with during our repeated outings, and looking for specimens using our newly created, personalized scavenger hunt cards. On these final trips, we were especially interested to look for signs of animal life in hollowed out trees, under rocks and leaves, and in streams. On our last day of the program, we took advantage of the warm and sunny weather to go farther on our nature trail than ever before - it was a thrilling way to wrap up our 3-week adventure!