Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Experience Nature: The Community Garden

Flanna's class at the community garden

Flannery's class has gone on a gazillion wonderful field trips this year!  We are so lucky that her school is so close to so many great and interesting places to visit, because due to budget cuts, most of her class field trips have been "walking field trips" to save transportation costs.  

A few weeks ago, I got to go with Flanna's kindergarten class on a little walking field trip to the community garden.  The class was studying the life cycle of chickens, living and nonliving things, soil, compost, etc., so the community garden was a great fit for that!  

The kids got to see compost bins at various stages of decomposition, baby and adult chickens, seedlings, and very active beehives.  And the neatest part was that the kids got to see a hen actually lay an egg!  What good timing we had!

I am so thankful for my wonderful boss who has encouraged me to have a good work-life balance these past few years, so that I can not only be a good employee, but also a good involved mama, too.  Some days I am just overcome with how lucky I am to have this neat life, with such meaningful work and loving family & friends & colleagues and amazing opportunities at every turn.  

lovely chicken!

observing running versus still water

acting out how to layer components of compost

the adult chickens like to steal the little chickens' food, so they are in a protective crate inside the fence.  :)

What field trip do you remember from when you were a kid?  I remember going to the Center for Puppetry Arts quite a bit.  

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