Check out the wingspan on this dragon fly
Today I helped with day camp. We had kids from Akron Urban League visit the Happy Days Lodge. There were over 30 students! Kudos to my first grade and kindergarten teacher friends! How do you keep a six year old's attention for more than 30 seconds?
The students were very cooperative, eager to learn, and just adorable. What can be better than a child taking your hand as you hike a trail? My Nature Detectives discovered many things on our hike. We saw many extremely active chipmunks (SHM: Small Hairy Mammals) scurrying among the logs, rocks, and creek. Rudy, a summer intern from the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, caught crayfish, salamanders, dragon fly nymphs, and a nearly 1 1/2" long Cadis fly larva! It was so rewarding seeing the kids light up and overcome their fears to hold our critters. It was the first time for many of them to see a salamander, find deer tracks, and cross the creek on flat stepping stones. It was a magical moment for me to plant the seeds of exploration in their inquiring imaginations!