Water Time at Dahlem

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.

We watched as this large dragonfly nymph ate the smaller dragonfly nymph that happened to be in the same spoon with it.


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!

broad-winged damselfly nymph

itty bitty crayfish (less than half an inch long)

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.


About Dahlem Center

The Dahlem Center is a non-profit nature center/environmental education center located on almost 300 acres just south of the city of Jackson, Michigan. The Center is one arm of the Dahlem Conservancy, which includes land conservancy and stewardship in its mission.
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