The Children’s Forest Trust and the Cortes Family Support Network, through the Cortes Community Health Association, are concluding their nine weeks of spring activities which were initiated to encourage and celebrate families in nature, and as a way for children to stay connected to other children through zoom chats. There were many fabulous discoveries and new friendships formed. The curiosity, observations and the engagement in the natural world that Cortes children have is jaw-dropping.
The monthly nature walks into the Children’s Forest have not yet resumed, but as soon as the provincial health officials announce a further lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, our scheduled walks for the first Sunday of each month will be posted. And until then, what better way to spend a family afternoon than a magical walk through the Children’s Forest, followed by a swim at Grandmother Grove in Carrington Lagoon.
We leave you with some haikus, chuckles and the answers to the children’s nature riddles.
I’m wet and I’m dry. I change all the time. I cover the world in bright green. What am I? - Rigel I am wild and pretty I am green and prickly I smell yummy What am I? -Tala I grow down low I like the late sun The south tip of the island is where I spread I make a pretty fairy dress in pink and purple My gift for next year is in a pod What am I? - Aiya I slither I slide I go far and wide Across warm rocks and shallow ponds What am I? - Yamuna Ribbit, frog croaks In a happy kind of voice It’s going to rain -Emma Frog lives in the bog He eats flies, big, small and large, Then swims back home -Yamuna Tiny tadpoles swim Eating algae in the spring At home in their pond -Tala Little frog swimming Tail shrinks, she grows bigger Lays eggs and jumps out -Aiya Frogs are cute and small Sometimes they are hard to catch I like to hold them -Yamuna