After some consideration, we decided to renew our membership at Tyler this year. There’s always so much to see year-round and for a household membership, $60 is very reasonable. The new Tree House exhibit last year was a big hit as is the Butterfly House. Every time we passed Tyler this spring, I heard a chorus of voices in the back of the car asking when we would go see the Tree Houses.
It’s always interesting to see the kids re-encounter favorite places at different developmental stages. Last year, the baby was along for the ride; this year he’s watching everything that his siblings do. This year Ted, my five year old, wants to know more about natural history and reading maps, an interest that started to show up towards the end of last summer. Lizzie, my two year old, rode in the stroller last year; this year she’s running and keeping up with her three year old brother who never. ever. stops talking.
I’m working more intensively on plant and wildlife identification this year with the little ones. When my thirteen year old joins us, he’ll get the job of photographing the plants that we’re learning to identify. I’ve included below some of the plants that we learned or ones that sparked questions.
I think next time we go, we may bring paper and crayons along to do leaf and bark rubbings. Before we go, we’ll listen to our Birding by Ear CD so that I can identify the bird that we heard when we were in the meadow. I just know I heard it on that CD!
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