Fossils, Glow Sticks, and Owl Pellets

Homeschool Highlights Week of  October 3, 2015image

This week, we…

  • Had our first class with our new Kids’ Math Club
  • Spotted a deer
  • Dug for real fossils
  • Made cookies
  • Made shapes out of glow sticks
  • Saw a herd of bison
  • Played in the rain

Dinosaur Ridge

Thanks to Groupon, we got a really good deal at a membership to Dinosaur Ridge, a non-profit organization committed to educating about prehistoric life Colorado and continuing to excavate and protect local fossils. This is a neat little place with a gift shop, a small one-room exhibit, plenty of places to picnic, and a sandbox where the kids can dig for real fossils (teeth, leaves, etc.) which the kids are allowed to keep. Kids had a blast here. We did the guided tour and learned a lot about the geology and paleontology of Colorado. It was raining when we were there, so we didn’t get a chance to walk the trails. Maybe next time. 🙂

Rocky Mountain Wildlife Arsenal

This week we met friends at the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Arsenal, which is a 15,000 acre prairie conservatory, including a lake, trails, and a driving tour. The visitor’s center had displays of local prairie conservation efforts and animals as well as information about its former life as a missile site. The highlight was the big kids’ room where there were art activities, mystery boxes, blocks, books, etc. Our favorite part was dissecting owl pellets (not poop, but regurgitated pellet of inedible bits of fur and bone). It was fascinating finding and labeling the bones of former owl dinners. 🙂 Again, no hiking here, but we did drive a bit and saw a herd of buffalo and a deer.

2 Comments

  1. Yay! We made the blog Love the arsenal….. Check their website often, they have lots of great activities throughout the year!

  2. WOW what a fun field trip week you all had. I LOVE the dino pictures! Enjoy the new week!

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