Friday, July 27, 2007

Makin' Tracks

I love that there are people in the world who give back to the community in neat ways. For example, the people at the Stokes Nature Center here in Logan, put on a fun, free, all-ages-welcome nature presentation every Thursday evening in July and August. The "Ampitheater Series", as it is called, runs for an hour at the Guinavah-Malibu (funny name, I know) campground in Logan Canyon, just 5 miles into the canyon.

We decided to head up to the ampitheater last night for the "Makin' Tracks" presentation. After a brief discussion about how to identify animal tracks on the trail (shape, size, and pattern are key here), the kids had some fun hands-on activities.

Thomas and Gordon practiced making tracks like a rabbit.

The boys made "Track Books" with stamps that they can use to help identify the kinds of tracks they find. Thomas's book turned out really well. Gordon, on the other hand, was more interested in getting ink all over his hands and face. At least he had fun, right?

And a visit to the Canyon just wouldn't be complete unless we got to throw some rocks into the river. I love this shot of Gord-- now there is some serious rock-throwing!

Next Thursday, we plan to head up to the ampitheater again for "Reptile Review". Apparently there will be a chance to meet some reptiles up close and personal... too cool!


Justin and Amber Manwaring said...

That looks like such a fun night. Logan is such a great place to live, you guys are so lucky. I also just noticed that you are reading The Memory Keeper's Daughter. We read that in our book club last year. I'm interested to know what you think about it.

becky ward said...

How neat! You are so good to find out all these neat things your city does. What a great mom!

Elena said...

You do so many fun things with your kids. They are lucky to have such a great mom!