Forest Ecology Clinic for 4H

We went out to Austin Carey Forest to learn about trees, animals and plants to prepare for the April Forest Ecology Contest. I found this awesome spider outside of the classroom.

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It was a LONG day, almost 8 hours, of classes and sessions. I hung in there even though I was exhausted.


I really enjoyed learning about how fire helps renew sand hill ecosystems. Besides that the compass class was pretty neat as well.

Crystal Springs Preserve



We took a field trip to Crystal Springs Preserve for a homeschool class on microbes. It was pouring down rain the entire drive and most of the class. The preserve was so pretty in the rain.


We learned all about microscopes and how they work. They we learned about different microscopic organisms.


We took a hike and gathered water samples. Then we used a pipet to put the samples into centrifuge tubes. We tied a string to the end of the tube and then went outside and spun the tubes to get the organisms to settle to the bottom.  Next we put the tubes under the microscope. We saw all sorts of cool nematodes, worms, amoebas and paramecium.

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It was such an awesome class. I can’t wait to go back for more classes in the future.