Monday, October 14, 2013

Take a Walk

Some of the gang.
For September Science-Nature club, we went to Runge Nature Center for a nature walk on the last day of the month. It was a drizzly cool morning, but that didn't stop us.

Look at that!
We all gathered by the big turtle, where the kids were given packets containing books about tree and bird identification. Also in the packets was a list of some of the more common birds to check off as we walked along the trails. Not five minutes into our walk we had seen three deer in the woods. Not a bad start! Then a little bit farther were some wild turkeys. We also were busy checking off birds on our check list.

The kids enjoyed some play time by the stream, jumping rocks and swinging on a vine. We also stopped at the pond to watch some phoebes (a local bird) diving for bugs. The kids tried to get the birds to talk back to them, but were unsuccessful.

We finished our walk and then enjoyed a picnic lunch at the pavilion, where we were also treated by the kids putting on a show. We had singing, dancing, karate and jokes. A great time was had by all!

--text by Sue B.
--photos by Melanie B.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Poop to Food

Our group for the field trip.
Last month we visited The Sage Garden in Jefferson City. It is housed in a geodesic dome and produces food year round. It uses an aquaponics system where the waste from the fish (blue tilapia) provides nutrients for the growing plants. The kids got to feed the fish and each family took home a cucumber grown inside the dome.

Margo leading the tour.
For details about the construction of the dome, please visit their blog. Also, check out The Sage Garden Facebook page.
Part of the aquaponics system.

Thank you, Margo and Charles for teaching us about aquaponics. And thank you for the cucumbers!

--by Evie M.

Cucumbers hanging on the vine.