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Stewardship Day

The Dixon Springs Agriculture Center, in Southern Illinois’ Shawnee National Forest, teams up with with environmental and conservation experts every year for a week of educational programs for school children.  They have been hosting this event for over twenty years, and I think our homeschooling support group has been attending for about that long, too.

We had an excellent turnout of  both young children and teens for our day of Stewardship Week even though it was quite cool and cloudy.

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Our first class of the day was The Three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle).

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Our second class was Wildlife Management.  We learned about the area habitats and the animals who live there.  Also, our teacher explained illegal poaching and trapping.  He passed around the pelts of animals that he had found in traps.

ag ctr 4Even though this was rather sad, it gave the kids a chance to touch, feel, and study several of the forest’s residents.

ag ctr 3Our third class was Wetlands Birds and thankfully it was under a tent because it had started to rain.

ag ctr 2Instead of having our picnic lunch outside, the rain continued so we ate in our cars.  After lunch, the kids went to the Activity Center.  Here they stocked up on coloring pages, stickers, and worksheets to do later.  They also made necklaces.

ag ctr 6The rain decided to stick around as did the cool temperatures, forcing cancellation of the rest of the Stewardship Day classes.  We were disappointed, but also ready for some dry, warm clothes.

Maybe the rain will stop sometime over the weekend so we can plant the Red Oak saplings we brought home as souvenirs.

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Next year we will try this field trip again, and hopefully the sunshine will try to show up too.

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World Water Day

waterGenesis 1:9-10

“9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.”

With today being World Water Day, our homeschooling support group toured our local Coast Guard Headquarters.  The kids found it interesting that the Coast Guard is both military and police of our ocean coasts and rivers ways.  C Gc g 7c g 3c g 5Our group was so large that we had to split into a big kid group and a young kid group.  I stayed with the Z7 and the younger ones.  Our guide was great with them.  Touching some equipment  and trying on gear was ALLOWED!  The kids even got souvenirs to take home.

If you live near the coast, or like us, live near riverways,  you should see about a Coast Guard Headquarters field trip.  These are some wonderful people.  I do not think I realized how much they do for us.

Also for World Water Day or really anytime:

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/water.html

http://www.ecokids.ca/pub/eco_info/topics/water/water/index.cfm

http://www.ecokids.ca/pub/eco_info/topics/water/water/index.cfm

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