While staying at our lake house, we conducted several informal nature studies, making an effort to continue with the winter series. On one cold day we used our Handbook of Nature Study to inspire us to trace a brook that runs down the backside of one of the mountains surrounding Lake George. We frequently pass by some beautiful waterfalls that cascade down a rocky face. We decided it was worth investigation where the water comes from and where it goes.
We found ourselves getting very excited every time we saw a break in the ice and snow. It was almost like spring!
Once we passed the elevation change we realized the water had a lot more momentum and life.
Our last investigation of the brook was in the fall. We studied current with toy boats. It was warm and we were in the water floating them down different stretches to see what would happen. This seasonal follow up has renewed our interest. In a few weeks when the snow melts we will be back to observe the changes.
Our last investigation involved looking at a square foot of earth to see what we could find. At first I wasn't sure if this would work for us with the snow, but then I realized it would be like digging for treasure.
We pulled out a shoved and hiked into the woods singing "We are going on a treasure hunt!" The boys loved it. They got on their bellies and dug with their mittens as I tossed each shovel of snow. We started to unearth some "treasures." We found dried weeds, stones, dry wood, leaves, and some beautiful green moss. It was spring under the snow! We were surprised how dry it was underneath.
Here are the treasures.
Overall we had a great time. We did less recording than we usually do, but I don't think there was less learning.