Sunday, March 28, 2010

Outdoor Hour: Maple Tree Nature Study

Ahhh, so nice that Spring is finally on the way, and that Barb's Handbook of Nature Study Outdoor Hour Challenges are right there to get us out in it. This week we did her Maple Tree Challenge.

First we read about maple trees in the Handbook of Nature Study online and about making maple syrup here. Then, through the magic of the www., I was able to find a video about farming in Vermont that I remembered we used to check out of the library for my son when he was little. Our current library doesn't carry it, so I was very excited when I found it to rent online from Amazon video on demand. It has a section on making maple syrup, but the whole video is worth watching even if you're not studying maples. We used to check it out of the library like every other week.

Afterwards, we headed outside to observe our red maple tree...

Then we used Barb's notebooking page to record our observations.

And of course, we had to try some real maple syrup :)

As always, the best part about the Outdoor Hour Challenges is that they get us outside and paying attention to the beautiful world in our own backyard. This day we went in search of other spring things around our farm...

Check out the upcoming Spring Nature Challenges at the Handbook of Nature Study


  1. Wow! Your photos of the maple tree are gorgeous! This was a great study for your family and I love that you are still looking for signs of spring. Your slideshow is very colorful.

    Thank you so much for sharing your maple tree study and everything else too.

  2. Beautiful pictures! Isn't it the most wonderful thing to start seeing some COLOR again?


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