Griffin made an awesome bug catcher at school. Over Spring vacation we decided to put it to good use. We headed up to the Great Bay Discovery Center to see what we could find.
He got a little annoyed that the ants were too fast to catch. So he moved onto beetles.
He tried so hard, but had no luck catching a bug. He quickly recovered by moving onto all the other beautiful things to see. We followed the wooden path out to the water.
On the way, there were a bunch of discoveries. The path is painted with all different animal prints. Griff really surprised me with all the ones he knew.
We also enjoyed all the life that was exploding into Spring. The leaves were coming out,
and the ferns were unrolling.
We talked all about how the dead trees help the new growth in the marsh and help birds make nests.
Griff guessed squirrels on this cute little prints.
When we made it to the edge of Great Bay, we stopped for lunch. It must have been lunchtime for the cranes too, we got to enjoy them as they glided across the water in front of us. There was also a red winged black bird that was flirting with us as we munched on our sandwiches.
It’s such a beautiful spot.
After lunch we packed up and headed back to the Woodland Walk. There we came across a replica Abenaki Indian camp. The Abenaki Indians were the Native Americans in the region. Griff felt right at home, channeling our ancestors by gathering water, making a pretend fire and cooking dinner.
It’s such a beautiful spot. If you live in the area and are looking for a kid friendly discovery walk, this is the place.
As for the bug hunt, we didn’t think we caught anything. I had the bug net in my bag. Once back in the car, I had the net in the front seat. Griff noticed a beetle in the net! I must have caught one in the wind while it was on my shoulder. Sadly, it was a beautiful day and we had the windows down. It didn’t take long for the beetle to quickly find a window and fly out. Ah, oh well. We never got to use the bug catcher, but sure had a great day!