Mrs. Aitch's File Cabinet of Ideas for Nature Study Lessons

Thursday, March 31

Last Day of the Month

Evening - 44* - rained most of the day, weather forecast is predicting possible snow before morning.   Trees are well-budded, many daffodils are bursting out, crocuses are already done; noticed grape hyacinth (muscari) along the sidewalk at the clinic.   Saw potted up hyacinths at Lowes today--they smelled delightful!  Would like to get many pots of saxifrage to plant around the home-place--such lovely salmon-pink color--somehow reminds me of a bride's bouquet.  

Nature Hike

Take a walk outside your own home. Look around at all the signs of Spring in your own backyard! What do you smell? What do you see? What do you hear? Fresh earth, budding plants and trees, birds chirping? How does the wind feel against your cheek?

Keep your nature journal handy....summer is a busy time in the natural world! Jot the occasion, date, time, weather, and anything unusual. Make a simple sketch to help you remember. Doesn't have to look like da Vinci! Just your sketch.

Take note of a special tree in your yard. Keep track of it during each season. Sketch one or two branches right now. Take note of the buds or twigs. Date the sketch, add the time of day, something about the weather. Yeah! That wasn't so hard!!