We had some great trips last week. See photos below. A picture's worth a thousand ....
We also had a great turnout for Chicago River day last Saturday. It was chilly, but we worked hard, stayed warm, and done good.
Tuesday, May 17, 2nd grade, Room 208 does the river trip to Berteau Street. Benthic bugs, weather station, the spectacular spring flora, and what ever else happenstance provides us with. For example:
Yesterday I saw ... four Indigo Buntings, many Baltimore Orioles, Rose-breasted Grossbeaks, catbirds, hairy and downy woodpeckers, green herons, night herons, great blue herons, a coyote (again) and two beavers. You just never know.
We leave at 8:30, right after drop off. Join us. Back by 10:30.
Wednesday, May 18, 4th grade, Room 209, Mighty Acorns are off to Sauganash to study the magical secret code of plants as expressed by our native wildflowers. Also, we will be pulling Lily of the Valley. Come along and take home a hand-full of this delightful smelling, but misplaced, weed. Meet at 9:00 to confer, leave at 9:30, picnic lunch at 12:15, back to school by 1:00 or so.
Wednesday night is garden night, starting at 5:00. All are invited to come out to help, to meet and make friends, and enjoy the evening in a garden aglow with color and life. Last week Ron and Rick hoisted the masts on a new soccer ball net that we hope will both spare the garden the bombardment of soccer ball shots gone wrong, and relieve the kids from having to search for these balls in the thorny rose bushes. This was a very tough job, and we thank R & R and hope this really makes a difference. The old, temporary fence will be coming down. A new split rail will follow the curve of the net. Soils will be removed and benches will be installed in the same semi-circle. In front of the benches will be several feet of woodchips. We hope it will be more workable, safer. more inviting for gardening and sporting. Lots of work to do!
Thursday, May 19, 3rd grade, Room 204, Mighty Acorns have their turn. They will be seeing the Spring ephemeral wildflowers for the first time and practicing how to walk and carry ones self so as not to damage them. They will explore and meet me for stewardship work, pulling weeds. Same deal: meet at 9:00, leave at 9:30, picnic at 12:15, back by 1:00 or so.
Ain't no stopping us now!