On March 1, the primary teachers study group met at the Richmond Nature Park. We shared resources for learning about local living things and discussed the different services the Nature Park provides to schools and the community. The Nature Park is situated on a bog which is a very unique ecosystem.
We visited different areas of the park, watching the birds come and go from the feeders, walking along the trails and boardwalk area.
How does looking closely at a found object help you think about its story? What is the story of this (skeleton) leaf?
There was still snow on the ground in some of the more shaded areas of the park and we used the snow as a story context. How could we use the snow as a background for map-making? We used found natural materials to create a map of a special place to inspire memories and story.
The Nature House has lots of interactive displays. living things (including a functioning bee hive), and lots of information about species of plants and animals living in Richmond. Brochures are available listing local plants, birds and insects as well as brochures with self-guided tours of the park. We were all keen to continue to build our own knowledge of local species to be able to weave this knowledge into the outdoor learning experiences we are creating for our students.
The Nature Park Society’s website can be found here: Richmond Nature Park Society
The City of Richmond’s Nature Park web page can be found here: City of Richmond – Nature Park