Every year as soon as it gets warm we walk lots of the local nature center trails. Blanford Nature Center is one of the local nature centers we visit regularly, because it is free to get in and the kids can get right into nature up close it is a much loved place. I prefer bringing the kids out to places they can run and get their energy because lets face it boys NEED somewhere to run and play to get their energy out. When we arrived I was sad to see they are starting to charge a fee to get into the nature center now, so I’m not sure that we will be going to this nature center that much anymore we will probably start utilizing ones that don’t charge a fee to get in.
When we got to the Nature Center we let the kids play in the nature play area they have set up for kids.
The kids love finding walking sticks to use while we are out on the trails. Anthony told us that he had the perfect walking stick, I told him that I wasn’t sure it was going to work so well, he disagreed at first and then he tried it out and it snapped right in half.
Serena decided she did not want to wear shoes, I cannot imagine walking the nature center trails without shoes, but she walked the whole time without them. I have learned one important lesson as a parent, pick and choose your battles and wearing shoes is one I am not going to pick to fight about she has even got glass stuck in her foot at one time and had to go the med center to have them cut it out and still doesn’t care, oh well, gotta love stubborn teens 🙂
After we played in the kids nature play area for a while, we headed over to the big pond. The frogs were making so much noise you could barley hear each other talk but they were still hiding so we could only see a few of them.
After we walked around the pond we took the trails to the big pond with a dock. Because we visited about a month ago most of the lake was thawed but there was a small area that was still frozen over.
What things do you do with your family to explore nature?
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