Our class participated in the 30 x 30 challenge in the month of May. We made a commitment to go outdoors more frequently and spend time in nature. We have always venturedaffodils d to the pond on a weekly basis. However, this daily adventure helped the students see changes immediately. They could remember how a there looked the previous day and they noticed and talked about the changes they saw. Our daily adventures always enabled us to see Blue Herons, Geese, goslings, mallards and ducklings. We saw beavers and we watched plant life grow and change. Our students are watching the growth of milkweeds and predicting when they will flower. We are also watching the formation of pinecones.
This daily time outdoors made our students more keenly aware of the changes that were happening in their environment. Students brought things along to school with them such as leaves, flowers, pussy willows and other items they found along their way. Parents sent in photos of their changing gardens and together we discussed the changes and reasons behind the changes. The 30×30 nature challenge was a fabulous experience for our learners.