Thursday, No Backbones Required
What do insects, spiders, snails, and centipedes have in common? They’ve got no spine! Today we investigated decomposers, predator-prey relationships, and played games that helped us understand the strange characteristics of invertebrates. In the afternoon we even dove into the river to search for more specific kinds of invertebrates called macroinvertebrates; like crawdads, scuds, and many kinds of larvae that need the river to survive.
Friday, Legends & Lore
On this chilly Friday we explored nature through the lens of Native Americans and Indigenous animals learning nature stories, legends, and oral histories! We told stories of our own and ones all about the importance of animals in modern and ancient societies of Colorado. We created comic book pages full of lore for Chompers, ourselves, and the other critters in and along the South Platte River. Then, we took to the river to find lots of these critters as well. Luckily the crawdads love how cold the water was.
Monday, Scales & Slime
For our last in October we searched for snakes, turtles, salamanders, frogs, and toads. We visited the aquatic habitats of our amphibian friends and sunny spots where reptiles may be found in and along the river. We saw a river snake slither from one habitat to another as it crossed the South Platte River and explored the differences between snake scales and salamander slime.