We were invited to the Pumpkin Fest at the Endless Mountain Nature Center http://www.emnconline.org/index.php by my cousin Rebecca Lesko. She is the executive director at the center. As soon as Marcus found he would get a chance to see some of their raptors close up he made sure we didn’t have any other plans. All of the activities were well planned and could be done at your own pace. First, Marcus and Caroline designed their own colorful squirrels. They used stamps to match animal tracks with their appropriate names. Marcus measured his wing span. Then they picked a pumpkin from the patch to creatively paint. The volunteer helping with this area was so helpful. Caroline painted her pumpkin to look like Princess Leia. Then it was time for a few treats! There were apples and dip, donuts and cider and so many yummy goodies. Next Rebecca and her husband Joe told us all about the birds here at the center. Rebecca has so much knowledge to share and does it a way even young children can understand. Marcus’ favorite is the American Kestrel.
The next activity was my favorite. It was a story walk. You know how much I love books. First we picked up a clip board with a map and chart with the tracks we would be looking for. As we went along there was a page from the book In the Woods:Who’s Been Here by Lindsay Barrett George to read with a clue (such as feathers or a bird nest.) Next as we walked farther on the trail, were animal tracks for us to use as a clue to guess who may be the culprit. Then the page containing the answer would be a bit further down the path. There were nine different clues and tracks. Caroline and Marcus had the best time running to see if they made the right guess. At the end a fire and marshmallows were waiting!
After our story walk we learned about the screech owl who calls the nature center home. Caroline and Marcus even had a few sack races with each other.
I was a great afternoon. I would highly recommend stopping by the Nature Center when you have a chance. There are so many things to learn and lots of hiking trail to explore. Marc and Marcus even had a chance to ride there motorcycle on this fall day.