I don't think it would have mattered to Peyton if all we did was get on the school bus and drive around the block a few times. Seriously, he loves buses THAT MUCH.
But instead we actually went somewhere - a beautiful nature park. And we had a nature guide who led us all on a "Discovery Walk." Basically, we walked around and the kids found stuff and our guide taught them about their discoveries. It was really fun!
We traveled through prairies and woodlands:
And through fields of flowers:
We saw beautiful Monarchs:
And we found Soldier Beetles (Do you see it? it's yellow):
And baby Soldier Beetles:
And a little tiny Goldfinch nest (our state bird, and I know you are totally dazzled by my knowledge):
And an Argiope Spider (people who obviously lie told me that it's a type of garden spider and that it is completely harmless to humans. C'mon! Look at it! I know it would kill me in 2 seconds flat if given the chance):
And we found walnuts (in the husk, and I know my knowledge is now overwhelming you):
Our guide led us to this tree that had died and had to be cut down. She said it had covered that entire grassy area when it was alive:
It was covered with climbing and jumping children within milliseconds of being discovered:
See those trees? We were just in there! So neat!
After we got back to school, Peyton wanted me to stay for lunch. I won't even pretend that my heart didn't sing a little when he asked me. I love this kid so much!