Category Archives: Nature

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UP Activity: More Wilderness and A Campfire

I was looking around for more Up related activities and came across another adventure fit for a Wilderness Explorer.

While we were at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, we saw a flyer for Who-oo’s at the Campfire?, a program where kids learn about owls around the campfire. Sounded pretty awesome, so the next night, Luke and I headed back to experience the Nature Center at night.

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We actually ended up going into a classroom to learn about owls before we went outside. I was worried Luke wouldn’t like sitting there being lectured to, but just as I leaned over to ask if he was bored, he said “This is really fun!” He thought the teacher was great. She was really entertaining and even I learned a lot.

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She showed up an owl skull, a wing, a talon and a bunch of different species of owls that were stuffed and displayed around the building.

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Then it was time to head out to the campfire. Luke was very excited he got to use a flashlight.

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We sat around the fire, where to teacher told us a story adapted from Native American folklore about how the owl was created. It was pretty funny.
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After the story, it was time for s’mores! It was pretty fun roasting our own marshmallows.

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It was even more fun to eat them!

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Luke had a great time and wants to take Dad and Scarlett with us next time.

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He is a proud owl expert!
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The Wilderness Must Be Explored!

For our first activity for Up week, we did a little wilderness exploration at Hidden Oaks Nature Center.

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We normally play outside when we visit this nature center, but we went inside this time to see what we could learn.

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There were several live turtles, which we fun to watch.

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There were also rocks, seeds, leaves and wood to touch and examine under a magnifying glass or a microscope. Luke thought this was really cool.

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Scarlett was really into the dress up area.

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Butterfly

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There were also lots of puzzles, animal toys, dinosaur figures and places to play.

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It was really a lot of fun. Great place to play on a rainy day, or just when we’re feeling scientific!

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Summer Fun List: Hidden Oaks Nature Center

One of the activities on our Summer Fun List was visiting a nature center.

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We picked Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale, Virginia because of the “Nature Playce” where the kids could play in sandboxes and “dig for dinosaurs.”

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There were lots of dinosaurs provided!

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There was dinosaur facts as well.

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They dug for a while, then Luke wanted to explore.

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There are different levels of wilderness inside the Nature Playce. 
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Luke stuck to “Fledgling” – “Outdoorsman” was a bit too wild.

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The bugs started to come out, so we called it a day. We will be back, though, especially in the fall when the colors are beautiful. It’s a really interesting place to play.