We have done frightfully few field trips this year compared to most years, but we hope to make that up as the weather gets warmer going forward. Today's Field Trip Foto Friday is a review of a wonderful trip we took with our co-op in the 2004-5 school year. I believe we did this trip in winter or early spring of 2005. I got stuck in the mud that day turning my vehicle around and some nice local guy happened to have a rope to pull me back on to the road. I just love rural Texas - friendlier people are hard to find!
We got to see not only farm animals that day, but many exotic animals as well. Crowe's Nest Farm is an animal sanctuary as well as a lively educational farm. It isn't every day that city kids get to watch a cow be milked and learn how the milk we drink is processed before it gets to the grocery shelves. One of my favorite animals that we saw were the beautiful wandering peacocks - we loved hearing their haunting calls.
Here are some other things they got to do and see:
- Feed a donkey
- Look at the snakes, spiders and amphibians in cages
- See a baby calf
- Ride on a hay ride pulled by a bright green tractor
- See an ostrich and its egg
- Pet and see lots of animals (llama, prairie dog - or was that a gopher?, pony, pig, chickens, goats, squirrel, lemur, etc.)
- Walk through the pet graveyard and see statues dedicated to the pets that have gone on before their owners.
My favorite part of the trip was the "Fairie Wood". We strolled through the farm's imaginative Fairie Wood area (Fairie is the Old English spelling of the word Fairy) where they had faces on the trees, tiny fairy-sized mushroom houses, colorful hanging butterflies, sparkling garden eye-catchers, and other interesting things hidden amidst the oaks. The children really enjoyed this area as well. The photo below is one of their smiling trees. We took pictures of the children next to them.
We had a great time - it was a super field trip. I wish we had have gone on a sunny day, though. I think the spring or summer would have been ideal... yet it was nice to have the place all to ourselves!
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