Here’s something fun to do before the weather really warms up! The Wildlands Conservatory, Whitewater Preserve.
It’s a great place to take a hike, have a picnic, or go bird watching. I was amazed the first time I took my boys there. It was like finding a whole other world tucked away in a canyon in the desert. It looks like there are interesting group programs to attend at certain times of the year. I’ll be adding that to my list of field trip ideas for sure!
Places like this are wonderful for homeschoolers. You can print out one of the animal or plant checklists and spend the day looking for creatures, bring a big picnic, lay in the shade of the giant cottonwoods and read out loud, do some outdoor science experiments like tracking the sun with a small sundial made of sticks and rocks, or bring some paper and make paper boats to float down the river. The possibilities are endless!
This kind of thing isn’t something you and your family can do if you finish your regular school work. It’s the kind of thing that IS school work for homeschoolers. Just remember not to make it a chore with too much academics and explaining. Bring a bag of supplies like magnifying glasses, notebooks, pencils, a nature guide, string, little containers or plastic bags, and give the kids plenty of time to explore this microworld in the desert!