Friday, May 28, 2010

Animals Outdoors

Evelyn's day was full of animals and the outdoors. First, she went on a field trip with her Kindergarten class to the National Zoo in Washington, D. C. I was able to go on the field trip as one of the class chaperones, and Evelyn was in my group. We saw as much of the zoo as we possibly could in two hours, including the elephants pictured below. I think Evelyn had as much fun running around the zoo with some of her friends as she did looking at the animals.
Then, after supper, Evelyn and I headed to Black Hill Regional Park, which is only about 20 minutes from our house. I had registered the two of us to go on a sunset pontoon boat cruise to look for wildlife, specifically bats and beavers.

We did, in fact, see bats and beavers on our cruise. Evelyn was very excited to see these animals in a natural habitat - the beavers swimming in the lake, eating plants along the shore; the bats sweeping and swooping to catch bugs. We also saw herons, geese, ducks, fish and orb weaver spiders. In the picture below, Evelyn is holding a beaver pelt while watching a (live) beaver swimming.