Monday, May 16, 2016

Snacks, Seeds Bombs, and Searching for Bugs!

    Earlier in May our Saturday program took a field trip to Bigbee field in Mount Washington to make seed bombs and try to catch some butterflies.  Our trip was led by Judith, who works for City Parks.

    We started off the outing with a quick introduction so Judith would know the names of some new faces.  

    We were then treated to some great snacks, including apples, pretzels, grapes, and rice crackers (chocolate and apple cinnamon).

    And so our first activity began: seed bombs!  The students lined up to receive an aluminum tray with dirt and seeds, and then we poured water on top so they could mix it all together and mold it into fist sized balls.

    Not everyone was thrilled about having to get their hands dirty, however.

    When everyone was finished, they switched their seed bombs over a paper plate, and we moved up the hill to get ready to throw.

    Obviously, the best part for the youth was the actual throwing of the seed bombs.  Some flew apart upon leaving their hands, while others managed to stay together until making contact with the ground.  The seeds inside were a variety of wildflowers.

     Our second activity for the day was to catch butterflies with nets.  Or, as one of the youth put it, "hunting for jellyfish in the jellyfish fields".  That's a Spongebob Squarepants reference, in case you didn't know.

    The youth stuck to the trails and had to stay with a partner while looking for the butterflies, but unfortunately they were a rare find that day.  A few of the youth managed to catch small bugs or small moths, and we did see a few smaller butterflies, but it just wasn't our time!  Nonetheless they enjoyed being able to explore a bit outside, and the weather was absolutely perfect for the activities.

    A huge thank you to Judith and City Parks for providing us with such a great time!

- Steven

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