The trip to Howell Nature Center was a great opportunity for the whole SK community to get away for the day and become one with nature. Our time there was filled to the brim with activity. After a safe arrival and a yummy lunch, Kindergartners first participated in a game of animal skin identification using various clues. Next we participated in traditional Native American games that were used primarily for skill building. We also had a lesson in Native American tribes indigenous to the Michigan area and the characteristics of their particular style of home and dress. We even had a peek inside of a real tee pee and learned the purpose of the "talking stick" and "peace pipe." Our field guides were exceptionally knowledgeable and our activities seemed very fun as well as age appropriate!
We later took a winding walk through the wooded grounds to it's animal preserve area. We learned various reasons why the animals were kept at the Nature Center and that they could never be re released back into the wild. We even witnessed feeding time for some of the animals. Yuck!
We finally made our way back to our lodge and had an extra sticky time creating natural bird feeders for our third activity. We used lots and lots (and I mean a lot) of shortening and an absorbent amount of bird seeds. I don't think any of Michigan's birds will go hungry this winter thanks to the Kindergartners! We also discovered that shortening makes a great hand moisturizer.
Dinner, Gaga Ball, and a romp in the leaves were nice evening activities before a gorgeous sunset. Our exciting day culminated with a group bonfire and camp songs complete with "I Say a Boom Chicka Boom 'Custodian' Style." See you next year HNC!