Field Packs and Exploration

April 30, 2009

I stayed up last night until 3 am sewing my latest project. Just as 2 am rolled around, I was on the home stretch and feeling so excited about seeing it completed. At 2:48 I took it off the machine, and learned a very grave lesson, NEVER sew when exhausted. I sewed the back of one piece to the front of the other, and now I will spend my entire morning ripping out stitches and redoing it. Oh well, so is life I suppose.

Yesterday, the boys and I gathered up everything that we would need to put our field packs together for our upcoming hikes and exploration. This year I took the kids to the book store and had them pick out their favorite books on identifying birds, animals and plants in our region. There was actually a ton of information, and we only needed to purchase one book, and the rest we were able to get in wonderful (and cheap) laminated ID tri-folds.

Our field pack includes our cards and books, as well as a pair of binoculars, a magnifying glass, small camera, our nature notebooks and colored pencils, and the all important Camelback. Having the field pack really seems to help the kids to look around, and try and identify everything around them, I think mainly in the hopes that they will then be able to go in and look up their new found animal or plant “friends”. It begins to teach them how to research and find answers to questions that they may have, and it also makes the process of learning about the world around them a fun adventure.

Now we are packed and ready to go, and tomorrow we hit our first big trail of the season.
Happy exploring

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

SugarMama April 30, 2009 at 2:43 pm

The field packs sound like so much fun!

Sorry about the unsewing project. You probably saw my post on that last week. I have a midnight cutoff now for sewing!


Eva April 30, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Oh No! That is always such a deflation. Happens to all of us, some more than once 🙂


Meghan April 30, 2009 at 6:05 pm

A field pack is a great idea for hiking and camping, thanks for the idea.


Anonymous April 30, 2009 at 7:39 pm

I have had a few terrible knitting disasters in my time, and it is hard to just sit there and rip out your hard work. Just keep the end goal in sight, and walk away if you have to.


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