Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Field trip Friday, part 2 of 3 August 20, 2010

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The second trip we went on this week was to the Natural Play Area at the Highbanks Metropark.  The Columbus metropark system created natural play areas as a way to expose children to the natural play that used to happen years ago, where kids were allowed to run through the woods, dig, climb trees, catch butterflies, and wade through streams & rivers.  We decided to go with some friends (from The Attached Mama blog: http://theattachedmama.blogspot.com/ ).  It was a fantastic time!  Climbing trees wasn’t exactly on the menu this time (there was poison ivy that was taller than my children!) but we did play in the fields and then hiked through the woods down to the river for some creeking. 
What a fantastic resource for Central Ohioans!  Actually, the entire metropark system is.  So those of you in the area, take advantage of it–you already paid for it with your taxes!  (Well, maybe I didn’t…we don’t live in the same county as the parks.  But, I would have! 😉 )

Catching butterflies in the field

A huge burr I found by the trail

The entire crew running down the trail through the woods

And into the river they went! It didn't take them long to figure out how to get down to the water. 🙂

Even Bitty Bug was climbing rocks and looking for animals in the water!

Jedi caught a whole lot of these little water bugs

C**** and S***** wading through the river

I caught this cool crawfish. All of the kids loved looking at it!

The girls watching the crawfish swim in the little container

Minnows Jedi caught. He was so excited that he caught a bunch all at once!

Jedi and Bug taking a break

All three of my cuties after a morning of hiking

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