Fittingly, when we arrived at the park, someone had left a lovely chalk drawing on the floor of the pavilion.
The first exercise was a demonstration of how streams, lakes and other waterways become polluted by various sources. She lined up a dozen or so small cups, each filled with a liquid or material representing waste, and labeled accordingly (factory sludge, agricultural fertilizer, car oil, etc.). At the end of the line of cups was half a milk jug with water in it representing a natural body of water.
|Line up your toxins!|
One by one, Ashley and the kids talked about each pollution source; where it came from, why it was created, how it got to the water source; and then dumped the little cup of pollution into the jug of water.
Michael's "learning" face
The jug of water got pretty nasty.
|Nastified water ... poor little lake :(|
|"That's kind of nasty"|
Once the water pollution exercise was finished, the kids were set loose on a pile of recycled materials which all of the families had pitched in and brought along.
The first objective was creating planters and planting seeds.
|Michael's seed silo|
|More "traditional" seed starter|
Next was the "free form make whatever you want" portion of the program.
And, of course, what would any learning experience be without books?