It’s been a hot summer in Portland! Needless to say, we’ve spent quite a few days lounging at our local pool. We also got to travel this summer and see family we hadn’t seen in a long time. In short, this summer has been awesome!
With all this relaxing, I wanted to make sure the kids’ brains wouldn't totally turn to mush so I planned an educational “field trip” that was super fun and therefore kid approved. This memorable experience got me as excited as a little kid and may inspire you to look into unexpected resources where you live, to learn and explore.
This past week, we visited the Portland State University Science & Teaching Center. Right in the heart of downtown Portland, the kids and I walked onto PSU’s campus with not only sketchbooks in our backpacks but also a few bones we had recently found on a remote hike in the Oregon wilderness. The bones looked like vertebrae bones of a fairly large animal as well as a jaw bone but we weren’t sure what animal they were from. Before our visit, we contacted one of the biology professors and she was so very friendly!
If you live in Portland, I would encourage you to take a field trip or artist’s date to the lobby at this PSU building. If you are not from Portland, you may inform if a university near where you live has similar resources open to the public. Or as an alternative idea, encourage the kids to bring their sketchbooks next time you go to that dinosaur exhibit or to the zoo or even the park.
It’s amazing what interesting questions the kids pose when they take the time to study a particular animal or object. Leaving campus, our brains felt full with new information and our sketchbooks contained some pretty cool sketches that will serve as a wonderful memory of a successful summer break day.
I'd love to hear from you about excursions or field trips you've taken your kids on that encouraged curiosity in nature and science as well as exploring art and creativity.
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