The classes at the Dude's school are all given "habitat-type" names. The Dude's class is called "Prairie". They enjoyed their annual overnight trip Thursday/Friday at Camp Pepin - on Deer Island at Lake Pepin in the Mississippi River. The weather was beautiful - and the kids (15 in number) were great. I'm kind of pooped right now - and hope to get a little more sleep tonight than last night.
[Consulting the rings on a tree.]
[The Dude and a buddy use all their senses -- but sight-- to learn more about trees.]
[Rock hunting - one of the Dads knew a thing or two about rocks, so we spent much of our free time at "the beach" looking for agates.]
[Hmm - Smores!]
[A very tired "Prairie" awaits further instruction.]
Fun fact: We tasted the needles of both White Pine and Red Pine trees. The group as a whole preferred the White Pine over the Red.