Fall is my favorite time of the year, no doubt about that. And September, the time of transition is so much more special because the fall is nearly there, and getting closer every day. I wake up, look at the clouds and tell myself “almost sweater weather!”. Something to look forward to. September is also time when we are already in sync with each other in terms of school, but the novelty hasn’t worn out yet. And it’s a perfect time to have spontanneous outside lessons. Oh, how I love these days when the world is the classroom!

We intended just a short hike, but kids grabbed vials, zip baggies, pincers and announced they are going to have a science adventure! And so they did.

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We haven’t been to this park since June probably, and of course so many things changed, flowers are going out, and only remnants of the berries here and there, but the water is still singing its sonf, and the moss is ever so green. A light rain started to fall as we made our way up the trail, pure bliss.

D. collected water from 1)a puddle 2) creek downstream and 3)creek upstream to compare

D. collected water from 1)a puddle 2) creek downstream and 3)creek upstream to compare

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there were hardly any insects around, apart from some hardworking bees

there were hardly any insects around, apart from some hardworking bees

so soothing

so soothing

Autumn made her first steps in the forest

Autumn made her first steps in the forest

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At home children pulled out their microscope and compared the water they collected. So happy to see tiny grains of sand in the downstream water, cloudy bluish colors of the puddle water and clearness of the upstream water. C. mixed them up afterwards too.

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Our microscope isn’t powerful enough to see the real action, but we remembered a tiny dapne we saw at the museum earlier this week and wondered if such creatures could be living in the srtream.

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And finally, our day ended with a lovely sunset

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Staunton State Park treasure hunt

Last week we did a little hike in Staunton State Park, this week the answer to the question “Where should we head?” seemed obvious- to Staunton Again, to explore a different trail. What a great hike we had! Hiking listening to the creek running along the trail, finding treasures in the grass, getting caught in the thunderstorm, and running back soaked and giggling, seeing a snake crossing our path all wet and glistening from the rain-wonderful adventure.

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Staunton State Park

There’s nothing we love better than a good hike in a wooded area 🙂 This week we got to explore a new State Park, located within an easy distance from our home. We got to explore but a small part of it, but it immediately became a favorite.

Staunton State Park is situated just beyond Conifer and is on the highway, it has hiker only paths in mixed wood groves, their ponds are currently under re-construction, but it is surely something to look forward to, there are biking areas,  climbing areas and an abundance of activities that families will enjoy. Marmot Fest is coming up next weekend (July 19-20), it should be very interesting. So many wildflowers, we will bring our guides next time, or better yet join a guided hike.

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