Friday, November 4, 2011

Bison hike and giant leaf pile

We went to the Batelle Darby Creek MetroPark for a preschool program about autumn leaves. We did crayon rubbings, identified leaves and trees, talked about the leaves changing color, and then jumped into an enormous leaf pile.

"My favorite part of fall?"

"I'll show you"

"Jumping into huge piles of leaves!"

1, 2, 3, Go!!

Coming after mama to make sure I don't miss out on any leafy fun!

Hiking to the bison
We are lucky to have Batelle Darby Metro Park a few minutes from our house. We'll be even luckier when they complete their nature center planned for next year. It's going to be similar to the Audubon Center, in that it will be built sustainably with as little impact on the surrounding area as possible. I'm eagerly awaiting the programs that they'll be offering. In the meantime, we can visit the bison. It's a little bit more than a mile walk from the parking area/naturalists office.

Almost there...
There are 6 bison, but it's a huge area (I believe they said 23 acres), so they aren't always visible. The bison love the chilly weather we've been having, and are happily lounging around and laying on the ground. This makes them a bit difficult to see, but we were able to spot one fuzzy lump from the trail.
Can you spot it?
Though they were a bit tired after our hike, the glimpse of the bison, and anticipation of hot cocoa at home was enough to prompt an extra quick walk back to the car. Bye, bison!!

I'll race you back!!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Slate Run Park Hayride Day

Here comes the hayride!

The girl got a pumpkin
So did the boy, but it smacked him in the nose. OW!

Scaling Mt. Strawbale


The mister got into a perfect swinging rhythm

She's a bat!

She's a cat!
Leaf pile!
I wasn't leafy enough, they boy is going to fix that

Who knew, leaf angels exist too!