Today I took S to the Stroller Strut program at the local DEC run woods! I had never been to this program before, but we have been to the woods. It is the same place where the goose hissed at us a few weeks back. This program was for kids 0-3 years old, so we fit in perfectly!

Anyhow, we had a lot of fun! There were 10-12 kids and their adults there, and we were led on a walk through the woods on one of the shorter paths. Along the way our guide would stop and show the kids interesting things like cottonwood fluff, soft leaved plants, mustard garlic that was super smelly, insects eating a morel mushroom, turtles sunning themselves, flowers, etc. She took the time to walk around to each kid with each thing so they could touch it or smell it or look at it themselves. It was a lot of stop and go walking, but it was a nice day and a mostly shady path so we stayed cool.

Of course my camera died while we were there, but I managed a few shots…

S looking into the woods, but holding onto his "Tree cookie", or basically a slice of tree to explore.

S looking into the woods, but holding onto his “Tree cookie”, or basically a slice of tree to explore.

S shaking the imaginary cottonwood off of his hat, mimicking me shaking real cottonwood off of his hat

S shaking the imaginary cottonwood off of his hat, mimicking me shaking real cottonwood off of his hat

Lily pond

Lily pond

Afterwards we went into their visitor’s center where they had a kids discovery area set up. They had all sorts of nature things to feel and explore, books, animal toys, etc. S loved it! He loved it a little too much and kind of pushed his way past other kids and moms to get to what he wanted faster! Oops! Now I know how the moms of the kids that did this to S at other programs a few months ago must have felt! No one seemed to mind though, and I just redirected him to look at other things.

I will be signing us up for next month’s program for sure!

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