Wednesday, February 17, 2010



Feb15_NB_Butterfly

Actually, it was science outside the house this week. Have you ever wondered where your butterflies go when winter comes? Well, monarch butterflies migrate to California coast and nest in eucalyptus groves. We planned to visit Monarch Butterfly Preserve for a while, and finally made it this long weekend. It’s hard to see on this picture, but thFeb15_NB_Hikingere is actually a butterfly sitting  on the branch among the leaves. Unfortunately, we were too late. Apparently butterflies leave us sometime between February and March and migrate back east. We only saw a few stragglers. Anna was disappointed at first but enjoyed the hike in eucalyptus grove very much. She got to climb fallen trees, peel the bark off eucalyptus trees and smell their leaves. This time of the year Feb15_NB_AnnaBeach_SMis  beautiful here – the flowers and trees are blossoming, new grass is everywhere, as the nature welcomes spring. And the trip would be incomplete without a short stop at the beach that is also part of Natural Bridges State Park. The waves were spectacular, and some surfers were braving them despite “danger” signs. Anna was really excited aboFeb15_NB_Birdsut seeing the ocean so close, especially after our sailing trip the day before.  She was also excited to see ocean inhabitants up close. We saw seals during our sailing trip and we could observe pelicans and seagulls sitting peacefully on the rocks. It’s one of the great advantages of living so close to so many natural wonders – she gets to experience them up close at such an early age and learn by seeing, hearing, smelling and touching nature, not just by reading about it.

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9 comments:

Elise said...

Outdoor science is the best. A field trip like this sounds like a feast for the senses. The Eucalyptus tress must have had a strong smell. Looking at the beach habitiats is always fascinating - so much to discover and amaze you.

Seeing the container ships was a great learning opportunity. That is a special photo of Anna looking up and armed with her binoculars. She seems captivated by what she is witnessing.

I clicked on the link you provided for the Look What Comes From China book and was excited to discover this is part of a series. These books sound like such a valuable resource to help younger children learn about the world around them.

Autumn said...

I think the butterflies were a bit sparse this year. We have friends who visited the butterfly preserve in mid-January and they saw like one butterfly the whole time they were there!

Looks like you had a lot of fun this weekend. Your post makes me want to take a field trip now! :)

MaryAnne said...

Posts like this make me want to move my family to California, where there is so much to do outdoors all year round...

Pathfinder Mom said...

I love the monarchs - we had a lot of them growing up in New England. Their journey each year is truly amazing!

Debbie said...

I agree, outside Science is great! I am so looking forward to the weather getting nice here so we can get out and explore!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Excellent field trip! But, now I miss the beach :)

Jenny said...

What a fun place! Bummer about missing the butterflies though.

Ticia said...

That brings back so many great memories. Ever since I studied monarchs as a 2nd grader I've loved them. And then the trip to the beach, what a perfect day, I can see why Anna loved it!
And that second picture of her climbing amongst the trees is wonderful. Has she seen the redwoods yet?

Diana said...

What a wonderful trip. We love California and seeing all the wildlife on the coast. I agree, being in nature is a much richer experience than just reading about it.