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Nature’s classroom offers inquiring minds plenty to explore

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Alexa McCaskill, left and Leah Stewardson, check out rocks during an outing to Canatara Park.
Glenn Ogilvie

Glenn Ogilvie

When the weather allows it, teacher Brandy Boston and early childhood educator Kate Clarke like to get their Kindergarten class outside on Wednesdays to explore the environment.

Some days, the kids use their curious hands and minds to study fallen leaves, measure distance or count stones in the schoolyard at King George VI School.

But last week, with the help from some parents, 24 students made the trek on foot to Canatara Park to see Lake Chipican and the Children’s Animal Farm.

A large stone at Lake Chipican becomes an informal art table for Bradley Jenkins, left, Jacen LeNeve and Toran Munro, right.
Glenn Ogilvie

Searching for frogs and turtles proved to be major highlight of the day.

The kids also poked around under rocks for bugs, collected leaves and viewed the pond through a magnifying glass.

Large armour stones became temporary desks for colouring in scenes and insects.

Alexa McCaskill is all smiles while collecting an armload of rocks for class discussions.
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Toran Munro, a Kindergarten student at King George VI School, points to a sighting during a search for turtles in Canatara Park last week.
Glenn Ogilvie


Students Tanner Hardman, left, and Leo Randall inspect wildflowers while parent Lesley Carr looks on.
Glenn Ogilvie



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