Thursday, October 25, 2007

Nathaniel's Field Trip

I didn't realize I hadn't posted since the beginning of the week. Anyway, we've been busy w/ field trips & car issues this week. The 3rd graders went to the Ripirian Reserve in Gilbert, but there were too many kids, so they had to divide the classes. Only 2 classes went one day, then the other 2 classes another day. So, Nathaniel's class went on Monday & Ben went as a chaperone. I had never heard of this place before, and it's right behind the library at Greenfield & Guadalupe. Well, they tell you about dinosaurs & birds. It's pretty cool. The kids had a good time. And Nathaniel LOVED that Ben got to go with him cuz he's never been on a field trip w/ the kids before. So, I made him take the camera and pretend to be me ("the camera nazi" as he put it) and take lots of pictures. ha ha :) He actually did a really good job! (Thank you, Honey!)

Here are dinosaur "fossils" (no, they're not real but cast from real ones - apparently the kids kept asking over and over) and they got to draw pictures & guess what they were. I think this one was a claw of a large meat-eating dinosaur.

There was a "digging" team & a "brushing" team to discover the dinosaur "fossils."

They gave each kid a pair of binoculars for the bird hike. They got to learn about different kinds of birds & see them from far away using their binoculars.

I guess they had time to play for a few minutes before it was time to leave.
Nathaniel with a couple of his friends.


Ondria said...

This place looks so fun. My kids would love it. Can you take your kids by themselves or is it for groups/school stuff?

Andrea said...

It's like a park cuz we saw people walking their dogs or jogging on the trail. I think the City or something had volunteers to give us the tours. There are a few ponds, too. They're at different stages of being re-filled. One pond is a fishing pond. The dinosaur digging area looks like a sandbox just off the parking lot behind the restrooms. It was a really neat place!

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