Hi Nature Lovers,

 

We were all shivers yesterday afternoon as we discussed welcoming SPRING to the park! It certainly did not feel like spring weather. We embraced the new season and read a spring quote by our dear friend John to inspire our time outside.

"Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm."  

-John Muir

We certainly gave our joyful spring work all of our attention: PLAY! We took to the trails  of Prospect Park, listened to the spring bird songs, collected sticks, jumped in the mud, and celebrated a new season.

When the group entered Bugville (our special wild space in Prospect Park named after the wonderful specimens we discover there), we noticed that the giant slope of snow from last week is now a giant slope of mud and new spring grass. There are still plenty of daffodil buds about to burst! The ones that were blooming before last week's snowstorm are unfortunately smushed. The pop of yellow in a sea of brown and green is quite lovely.

Some of the friends had mixed feelings about something I did to a crumbling fort in Bugville they have been using as a climbing structure. On Monday's Mini Muir walk, I started deconstructing the smaller, unsafe branches so we could build something BIGGER and STRONGER. After some confusion about WHY I could possibly do something like that, they took to the idea of rebuilding something fresh and new. The pictures tell the story of this great construction feat...

The group analyzes the pre-existing structure and makes a plan.

The group analyzes the pre-existing structure and makes a plan.

When one friend can't carry a large branch, they usually ask ME to help. When I suggest asking another friend, this is what happens - TEAMWORK. "Ask 3 and then ME" works every time!

When one friend can't carry a large branch, they usually ask ME to help. When I suggest asking another friend, this is what happens - TEAMWORK. "Ask 3 and then ME" works every time!

Oliver explains the seven security systems of this fort, including this branch which locks the front door. 

Oliver explains the seven security systems of this fort, including this branch which locks the front door. 

The mud cement was the final addition to the fort! Mason created the perfect combination of snow and mud to hold this construction together.

The mud cement was the final addition to the fort! Mason created the perfect combination of snow and mud to hold this construction together.

A foraged mushroom becomes a light fixture.

A foraged mushroom becomes a light fixture.

After a long hour of constructing a fort, you need a break! Tree stumps offer just the place to relax.

After a long hour of constructing a fort, you need a break! Tree stumps offer just the place to relax.

As always, we closed our park adventure with a period of journaling in our nature notebooks, just like John Muir did while he was exploring. The children sketched narratives they created, secured specimens, and glued the spring John Muir quote into their journals.