We have a full week of outings and adventures ahead of us. One of our favorite and regular stops is out to SERC (The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center) for their fantastic homeschool classes. This is one of those porgrams that's so amazing, non-homeschooling parents I know often yank their kids out of class for the afternoon just to join in. I want to take the time to thank you, the tax payer, for helping to fund programs like these :)
What you can't get from these photos are the squeals of excitement as the kids touch and hold live squiggly fish and shrimp and baby crabs. And you can't see how carefully these little ones handled these living things, following the protocol laid out by our intrepid scientist/ teacher. And you can't smell the clean, briny water that laps the shores of this environmental preserve (probably the cleanest water on the Chesapeake) and the way it clung to the locks and clothes of the kids as they tromped through the woods and headed back at the end of the morning. And you can't feel the energy of these kids figuring out the world around them with all of their senses. The way it should be.