On September 3, 2019 we were lucky enough to have Sara Palm a local nature teacher who runs #naturefundamentals join us. The forecast was calling for high humidity an a very high chance of rain all day.
“We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his own degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the Marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things." Charlotte Mason
We didn't feel like being trapped inside with the impending storm so we decided to get in a little nature walk before the storm came through. We got a walk around the lake before the rain showers hit. Thankfully there was no lightning or thunder and the kids played in the rain while we waited for the rain showers to stop.
After the rain stopped we headed out to forage for mushrooms and learn about the local native plants including the invasive species from Sarah Palm. It was the perfect time to learn about mushrooms as we are in our rainy season.
"It is so much fun to play and run around in the rain with friends."
We headed out to look for mushroom on the boardwalk through the mix hardwood swamps. We found lots of moss, reishi mushrooms, dead mans fingers and a few wood ear mushrooms.
Native and invasive species
Our park rangers do their best to keep out the invasive s flora but it is a tough job as some of these grow so quickly that it overtakes our forest and waterways. I used to admire all of the water hyacinths and now I realize they are prolific due to being an invasive plant. The choke out our waterways and make it difficult for native plants and animals to call the canals and waterways home. The air potatoes are also prolific in the parks. It was so cool to see the air potato bugs doing their job of eating the pants naturallyinstead of using pesticieds.
I wouldn't trade our adventures for anything.