Mushrooms | Water and Mud beneath our feet | 3.18.2015

Our Youngest Explorers,

We are so looking forward to our time outdoors together tomorrow morning in the Pinetum.  Please bring boots for you and your young explorers if they are toddling around.  Here are some of the sights we will be looking for during this exciting time!  We’ll meet outside, in our slushy pop-up play kitchen, behind the classroom.

Please pre-register at http://gecgreenwich.org/mushrooms.html.

The early Spring is about anticipation and transition.  Further into the park trails today we have a calm icy pond on one side of the bridge, and rushing water on the other.  The sound is amazing!
The early Spring is about anticipation and transition. Further into the park trails today we found a calm icy pond on one side of the bridge, and fiercely rushing water on the other. The sound difference when you turn your head from one side to the other is amazing!
For our littlest explorers, we find these rushing rivers of melting snow in unusual places.  Do you remember seeing this stream headed into the reflecting pond?
For our littlest explorers, we find these rushing rivers of melting snow, and their soothing sounds, in unusual places.  We don’t have to travel far either. Do you remember seeing this stream headed into the reflecting pond?  So much water!  Rushing water and snow – what a fun mix to examine closely.
Little treasures, like this sweet gum ball, really stand out.  It's one of our last chances to really enjoy the sparkle, crunch and slush.
Our old friend, the sweet gum ball, really stand out right now. It’s one of our last chances to really enjoy the sparkle, crunch and slush underfoot and under seeds.  This is our last meetup during winter, before the first day of spring on Friday, March 20th.
Some of the Beech trees are still holding their leaves.  A nice start to looking for yellows of spring.
Some of the Beech trees are still holding their leaves. A nice start to looking for yellows of spring.
More yellows!  We'll stay mostly on the muddy paths, and expect to see plenty of muddy deer prints.
More yellows! We’ll stay mostly on the muddy paths, and expect to see plenty of muddy deer prints.
Please wear snow pants for the slushy parts.
Please wear snow pants and warm clothing for finding treasures on slushy patches.  Weather.gov for Cos Cob predicts “Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. Wind chill values between 10 and 20. Breezy, with a northwest wind 14 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.” Walking around today, it felt so much warmer than a week ago.  The air is fresh and sun is shining, but dress for winter.  Also included in the weather report is a hazardous weather outlook for “ice jams.” I had to look that up. There’s a video posted here that demonstrates what it is, in case you’re also interested.  Great to know during Flood Safety Awareness Week (March 16-21) http://www.weather.com/news/weather/video/stay-away-from-ice-jams
These little yellow tips are signs of those daffodils our mushrooms planted in the Fall!  We'll have some plants in the classroom to help us imagine what this new growth will be.
These little yellow tips are signs of those daffodils our mushrooms planted in the Fall! We’ll have some blooming yellow plants in the classroom, and a little craft, if we’d like to warm up inside. 

What other ideas and stories can we share to help our little ones imagine and record this season’s new Spring growth?  Please spread the word, we would love to see more little hands and feet exploring in the Pinetum.

Ms D.

P.S. Here's a fun sight from last week - mushrooms were transplanting seedlings and tasting young edible shoots.  Exciting Spring beginnings!
P.S. Here’s a fun sight from last week – mushrooms were helping us transplant and tasting young edible shoots. Exciting and tasty Spring beginnings!  Together we are planting seeds for lifelong learning, healthy living, and good stewardship.
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