Promoting nature and the outdoors to our school children has become a passion for school teacher, Sue Raab.  For the seventh year in a row, Sue and her helpers took 28 preschoolers to her backyard nature lesson!  The class took a quarter-mile walk from St. Anne’s to Sue’s backyard where the children learned about ducks, rabbits, dogs, and fish.

Excerpt from morningcall:

”I started doing this years ago because a lot of children have never had pets. They never planted gardens,” Raab said. ”I grew up doing that and since my house is close by and easy to walk to, I just thought it’d be fun to give some children a chance to try it.”

It’s also a lot easier and cheaper to go on a walk then rent a bus for a field trip.

The children enjoyed planting onions and potatoes, they learned the difference between apple trees, peach trees, and grapevines, and for some, it was the first time they’ve fed a rabbit or the ducks!  This is a commendable activity made possible by a school teacher who truly cares.

The Lehigh Valley has an abundance of nature hikes, fishing spots, petting zoos, and duck feeding ponds for everyone to enjoy.  One such hot spot is Hawk Mountain.

Since 1934, Hawk Mountain has introduced people of all ages to the phenomenon of hawk migration and the Appalachian region. Today, both raptors and Appalachian ecosystems continue to be a central component of education programs. Hawk Mountain also believes it is critical to make research findings accessible and meaningful to the public. To that end, Hawk Mountain science is integrated into our program content, activities, and educational resources.

This is the perfect time of year to take your children outdoors to explore nature and all it has to offer.  The things they will learn will far exceed what is read in a classroom, and the fun will be remembered for a long time to come!


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