We took an unintentional break from nature study field trips during the last few months. We missed several due to illness and others things that came up. We almost missed this one at the very last minute but we made it! We joined our nature study group out at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. This is on the far north side of Las Vegas but definitely worth the drive. It is a lush oasis in the middle of the desert with lots of grass, trees and wildlife for the kids to explore as well as four lakes which are stocked with fish. Actually, I’d say the lakes are more like ponds but we are in the desert so I guess they count as lakes.
It was a beautifully warm day in late February so the girls had a really hard time staying out of the water. They and their friends gathered long sticks to use as fishing poles. They stood on the bank and tried to catch leaves and other sticks that were floating in the water. They soon realized it was easier to just step in the water and use their hands. Little by little they ventured out farther into the cold water. It had rained recently and the kids found a large patch of mud that they explored. It was quite slippery and surprisingly only one kid fell into the mud puddle.
I think this is a field trip that will stick in my mind for a long time. Storyteller has been very resistant to the idea of drawing and writing about anything we do on a field trip even once we’re at home. I always bring paper, pencils and crayons but she’s too busy to slow down and use them. This time she really made sure that I packed all these items because she was determined to do some nature drawings. As we were about to leave, she realized that she hadn’t drawn anything yet. I unpacked everything and she lied down on the grass to draw a leaf that she had found. (Or I should say it was one of the many leaves she picked up and handed to me to carry!) She didn’t want to write but wanted me to write out her thoughts about the leaf. She has only recently started to feel comfortable trying to draw new things. She needs everything that she draws to be perfect the first time so it’s been difficult for her to even try to draw something new. But I think that stage is behind us.
After the field trip, I found some great resources online to use on our next trip to Floyd Lamb Park. You can read about the history of the park, the historic ranch, wildlife and the many fossils found in the area. There are also suggestions for activities and things to keep an eye out for while visiting. With all the grass, water and huge trees, I can see this being a great place to visit and keep cool during our hot summer months.