Through observation and inquiry, students explore the Nature around them. In this session we take the children through nature trails and begin our journey with a tree’s parts and the role each part plays in a tree’s life cycle. After observing patterns in nature, students create their own design project that will reinforce the lesson learned. What makes a bird a bird? To find out, students go on a picturesque bird walk and use binoculars to observe birds closely. They comb the environment to investigate artifacts like feathers, feet, and skulls to discover how different birds learn to adapt and thrive in their special niches. A hands-on art project helps to reinforce this avian adventure. Through simple scientific observation and physical exploration, students investigate the nature of seeds, their role in the cycle of life, and interesting ways that they adapt, survive, and thrive in their environment. Students dissect seeds and then create their own seed mosaic. They learn about the lifecycles of bees and the role they play in pollination. Students observe and practice the art of bee communication. After learning about the production and harvesting of bee products, such as honey and beeswax, students use real beeswax to create a mixed-media art project. A workshop on plants allows students to observe how leaves, needles, branches and buds grow in distinct and recognizable arrangements, and how petals and other flower parts are arranged just so. Students investigate the world of plants by learning to recognize and categorize different patterns found in nature, and then make a pattern-inspired craft. Exploration throughout nature trails and ponds teaches children about the different stages of a frog as they catch their own frogs and tadpoles to observe. This hands-on experience helps students make more meaningful connections to the environment.