Today we attended an outdoor education class held on county conservation lands. Our county offers these field trips to homeschoolers...January 05, 2012
Nature Study and Field Trip: Signs of Wildlife
Alexis couldn't attend due to illness, so only Lorelai and I attended. It's too bad she couldn't attend. It was fun and very informative. We saw the tracks of deer, racoons, possum, wild hog, coyotes and I can't even recall everything else. Here is our day in photos.
We snapped photos while waiting on the others to arrive.
The lovely Lorelai
Lorelai and Mommy
These next few photos were taken by Lorelai while waiting...
Everyone's here...time to learn!!!
Pulling out the supplies
Cups of plaster
Time to look for animal tracks!
Lorelai circled this otter track
She mixed her plaster.
And of course the batteries in the camera died at this point!!! But she poured the plaster onto her otter track and left it to set. Then we moved on to my track... a hog track...
Pouring plaster onto hog track
At this point, we went on a mini-hike while waiting for everyone's casts to harden.
When we returned to check on the casts, Lorelai's otter cast wasn't doing well. Perhaps too much water but her cast wanted to break apart at the slightest touch. So we left it to harden and the instructor will deliver at the next outdoor class. But we did get my hog track cast.
Back home with the hog track cast
If you'd like to conduct your own animal signs studies, get this wonderful Animal Signs Nature Unit Study book
Have you ever had an animal track study in your homeschool? Do you plan to in the future?