A stone's throw away from our Academy is The Kateri Environmental Center where we enjoyed a fun-filled morning. In a cozy living room setting, our guide, Ms. Pat started our journey by reading an enchanting story about a group of children searching for a new place to live. She thrilled the children by pulling out props from her bag of goodies that coincided with the story.
Keeping with the theme of the book, Ms. Pat spoke about the needs of the animals that lived in the various habitats.
The little hikers made their way through the trail searching the surroundings for clues as to where the animals might make their homes.
Ms. Pat added another treat along the way. She divided the children into groups, and had them build their very own animal hideaway. (I wonder if Ms. Pat was perhaps a former Montessori student!) They had an awesome time and took pride in their creations!
The trip ended with another little surprise that Ms. Pat had in store for our little hikers. With the parent's participation, the children played a game of "Predator and the Prey." Ms. Pat chased the children around the field and they all ran into their hideaways (aka their parent's arms!)
It’s not everyday you get to experience a woodland, wetland, a stream, and a field to run through. Ahhh! The beauty of nature!