Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Outdoor Nature Study ~ Flood

We are doing Outdoor Nature Studies with Barb-Harmony Mom this year. This week we were supposed to go looking for cattails. We did not find any cattails, because it has been raining here for a week and the river is flowing over its banks. For this reason, our nature study turned into learning about the flow of rivers and what it means when a river crests over its banks. We live very close to the river district and went to a park in it near our home. The park is separated by a road. One side was already closed, and the other side will probably be closed in a few hours, especially if it starts to rain again. The predictions are for 4 more days of rain and about 3 to 4 more inches of rain. After very, very strict guidelines were given out about staying near Mommy, we got out of the car and walked around a bit.
All of the area around this path is usually low lands that are sometimes muddy but not under water.

The spot with the bench is one of my kids favorite places to hang out at this park. As you can see, the river has left the banks and is running through here. You can kind of see the speed of the water from the picture under the bridge. It is moving at a very good clip. Luckily, there is very little debris so far.

Water is almost touching this bench, which is usually about 10 feet from the river. 

After checking out the flooding, the kids sat down to journal about their findings.

Happy outdoor adventuring!

Blessings, Dawn


  1. You are having some major rain in your area of the world. We are as dry as a bone and really hot. Crazy.

    I am so glad you are going to participate in the challenges this autumn. I look forward to your next entry.

    Barb-Harmony Art Mom

  2. both for nature and just plain life skills. I've heard it was bad up in your neck of the woods. We've been spared the rain but not the gloom.

    BTW-I think it was your blog that inspired me to join this nature study adventure and I want to thank you for sharing your experiences.

  3. www.thepiratemom.comSeptember 23, 2009 at 5:38 AM

    Yeah, that kind of weather will definitely put a "damper" on your nature study! = )


  4. Wow! I didn't realize y'all had gotten so much rain. We really haven't had all that much here - though maybe playing some catch up today.

    Great job on taking advantage of what is going on in your world to journal about. This looks like a lot of fun. I should plan this into our weeks - when things settle down a little bit.



  5. Wow- I'm glad you got to do your study!