On Wednesday we went to Powell Gardens for their Toadily Tadpoles nature class, followed by a self-guided tour of the gardens. The class began in the education center, where our nature guide, Stephanie, introduced the kids to various types of frogs and toads in our area. The kids learned about their life cycles, their characteristics, their preferred habitat, and the sounds they make. The kids really enjoyed the frog and toad calls!
After learning about frogs and toads, we walked to the nearby pond for some pond dipping to see if the kids could capture some tadpoles or other examples of pond life. While we weren’t lucky enough to catch any tadpoles, we did capture several other pond dwellers for the kids to take a closer look at, including a few crawfish, a water scorpion, and several water beetles. The kids also saw, but didn’t catch, a water snake, some frogs, and a turtle.
Once the kids were done at the pond and the class was over, the kids explored the nearby silo, climbing to the top where they could see out over the gardens, especially the quilt gardens.
Afterwards, we enjoyed a picnic, where we were visited by a harmless black rat snake, and several Canada geese and their goslings.
When lunch was over everyone was free to explore the rest of Powell Gardens, including hunting for the Lego installations by Sean Kenney.
We had a great time, and were very happy the weather was dry so we could enjoy the day. Big thanks to Carmelle for scheduling a great event!