The last two days we’ve had a group of students out from Jackson Public Schools’ summer school program. They were here to do aquatic studies, something most kids today don’t get a chance to do.
We started the program by giving each student a “Naturalist Kit,” which consisted of a fabric pouch (made by yours truly), in which each student will eventually have a hand lens, a bug box, a notebook and a pencil (they got some of the supplies this week; the rest they will get when they return in August). They can also add, over the course of the summer, rulers, whistles, etc. – whatever “tools” they feel will help them in their study if nature.
After everyone was supplied, we headed for the ponds. I think, from these photos, you can tell they had a good time.
Two of the groups also had the chance to sample in the stream that runs through our property. What was amazing was that while they thought the pond was a bit “ewwwww” and they were reluctant to touch stuff from it, when we got to the stream, they charged right in!
This is my favorite photo of the day – and it is because of the look on his face that we believe in the power of being outdoors.