Sunday, January 10, 2010

Winter Nature Walk

We went on a nature winter walk this weekend with Daddy. It took some bravery since it was only 21 degrees outside (not including the wind chill). Brrrrr!!! While on our walk, we decided to try to find some cattails to see what they looked like during the winter time. 

We went to our local wetland park. The kids were so excited to see iced over bodies of water (even if it was 9 inch deep wetlands~lol). Before long they were walking on the ice with Daddy in the lead.
They found dog and bird tracks in the snow.  They had fun taking pictures of the tracks.

After a bit of looking, we found the cattails. The kids checked their nature journals and were surprised to see how much they had changed. 

They were all fluffy and the seeds were blowing away in the wind.  My most impulsive child picked one of the cattails, so of course we had to take it home and study it.

When we got home, we explored our cattail in more detail. That one impulsive child (again) encouraged our study by pulling some of the fuzz out of the cattail. Before long we had it floating all through the air. What a scientific mess!

Blessings, Dawn


  1. What fun...looked like it was COLD!!! I've read stories of folks bringing cattails into the house to use in flower arrangements, and the things "exploded" their seeds all over the place! So be careful, LOL!

    God Bless,

    Lori (aka Plans4You)

  2. I love that you took advantage of the time outdoors as a family to look for your cattail subjects. Our cattails were very different as well and now we are eager to see just how they will change again in the spring.

    Thank you so much for sharing your OH Challenge.

    Barb-Harmony Art Mom

  3. We need to start back our Nature Studies soon, it has just been so cold. I am hosting an art giveaway that you might be interested in. Stop by and take a look at



  4. Don't you love how they just float in all sorts of places...LOL...great pictures, glad I stopped to share in your adventure....

  5. You are such an awesome mama!!! (And Daddy too!) It's too cold to go exploring for me. *blush* It looks like y'all had fun and learned a lot too. Keep up the great work. Maybe I'll get inspired.



  6. We pulled apart catails too once, it looked like it was snowing in the backyard!

  7. When we were at the park the other day we used them for swords! Great fun. :)

    Also - I've sent you a couple of emails, I need to get the Janice VanCleave books out! Please get in touch with me so i can send yours and the others books.

    Thanks! Stephanie

  8. www.thepiratemom.comJanuary 13, 2010 at 2:49 AM

    How brave of you all to brave the elements and still nature walk! Also, loved the rest of the room-reveals. I was hoping you would post them soon.


  9. We had cattail fluff everywhere too! Good for you to brave the cold ~ it actually warmed up to 23 for our nature walk this week. It felt much warmer with the sun shining though. I clicked here from Barb's and it was neat to read your study. *Ü*

  10. I need to inspect a cattail close up. They look interesting from afar. I have never seen so many until I came to VA.



  11. Great outing! How cool that Dad went along with you! :)