We took a field trip to the Chattahoochee Nature Center! This center is one of the field trips I most remember as a small child. I held my first(and only) snake there at 8 years old. I can remember walking the trails and seeing a variety of birds and other animals. Because my kids love all things natural, we decided to take a family field trip. We saw a beaver who was not so busy as. He pretty much slept the whole time and was quite a beastly looking beaver in stature. There were hawks, owls, an eagle, vultures, snakes, turtles, fish and butterflies. We were treated to a 30 minute lecture on turtles which Gracyn really enjoyed. A naturalist gave a very informative presentation on turtles. We learned that there are land turtles and water turtles. Box turtles, snapping turtles, pond turtles and sea turltes were highlighted. We learned how to tell if a turtle is male or female. Males have a scoop on the bottom shell and often have red eyes while females have brown. A turtle’s age can be determined by counting rings on the shell much like a tree. Of course Gracyn now wants a turtle while only two days ago she declared she wanted guinea pigs because she petted our neighbor’s. We ended our time by taking a mini hike through a wooded area. Aidan enjoyed picking up sticks. He’s all boy! The kids were allowed to pick out a souvenir at the gift shop and enjoyed picking out something from nature. The day was chocked full of science lessons all around and we decided to count our Saturday excursion as a school day!



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