And then a scavenger hunt looking for things in nature ... a blooming flower, something shiny, a beautiful bug, something gross (most found slugs), a rockin’rock, a lovely looking leaf...
He gave us the opportunity to look closely at the birds through his scope (adjustable for bird watchers of all heights!). He also taught us the difference between a bluejay and a stellar's jay (bluejays are smaller, have white stripes on their chests, and are rarely seen in this area - only once in the last 10 years!) And have you wondered why you see fewer stellar's jays this year than in past years? The numbers really are declining. Speculation is that increased pesticide use has reduce the available insects (their food source)
We were also lucky to be able to participate in some crabbing off the dock. Students got to take part in measuring the crabs and throwing back the ones that were too little!
People put worms in their compost bins to help the composting process (Note: be careful about adding to much acidic items like tomatoes, oranges, and onions as they can burn the worms). The worms also aerate the soil by digging tunnels, this brings plants the oxygen they need to grow.
What you will observe with this experiment? Students will view the worms mixing the soil and sand. They do this two ways, by digesting it and by traveling through it. You will also get to see how the worms travel through the soil by creating tunnels, which help to aerate the soil. Just make sure to keep your worms fed and the soil damp
This blog tracks recent highlights from Block 8 Academy. It includes events that occurred during care time as well as special events attended by students and their families.