Lesson Learned | 5

So, this is about the time I came to the realization that I am burning my candle at both ends. That's an entirely different blog post. Now that things have temporarily settled down, I am playing catch-up with my notes.

This week in outlearning: A roundup of some of our learning experiences
  • Multiply by multiples of 10 & 100 and multiply 2-digit by 1-digit numbers.
  • Participate in 4-H Corn Crib at the Delta Fair.
  • Explore energy, ecosystems, and interdependence, including predator-prey relationships, environmental stability, and the basic needs of plants and animals. 
  • Investigate trophic cascades and how wolves can change rivers.
  • Interview someone for St. Mary's Soup Kitchen Newsletter.
  • Explore biodiversity of an ecosystem at the Hummingbird Migration and Nature Celebration.

Ecology Education at the Delta Fair
Besides working the 4-H Corn Crib, our experience at one of the fair attractions, Wolf Encounter, was the learning highlight of our time spent at the Delta Fair. It fit perfectly with our science topic. I love it when that happens!

The following video, from Sustainable Human, explains how reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone National Park changed the entire ecosystem. It demonstrates what we learned at the fair- How wolves changed rivers. I always say, never underestimate what a county fair has to offer and this is a prime example!

Celebrating Nature and Native Ecosystems
Later this week, we attended the Hummingbird Migration and Nature Celebration in Holly Springs, Mississippi. It was our second year in a row to attend and I was very excited to have an opportunity to participate in completely different events. Among our adventures at Strawberry Audubon Center was a wagon ride through the lands of the preserve.

The tour was guided by a local wildlife and ecology professional (a professor from University of Mississippi, whose name has escaped me), who told the story of the land and described how the Audubon Society is helping it back to its natural state, after centuries of human invasion. This topic was another perfect fit for our science learning. Did I mention that I love it when that happens?!

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