Winter at the CVEEC

It’s easy to imagine camp in the summer time; sunny skies, green grass, t-shirts, bugs, and frogs galore.  So… what do we do here in the winter?  Though the skies are often gray, the grass is dead and covered in snow, t-shirts are buried beneath layers of winter coats and most animals are stowed away for the winter, we are still out exploring the wonders of nature with our students.

We still learn about watersheds, even if they are covered in snow!

We still learn about watersheds, even if they are covered in snow!

While the day to day activities of each class may change with the seasons, the themes of our classes remain the same.  When learning about ecosystems in the summer, we catch critters in the pond.  In the winter, we discuss animal winter adaptations like hibernation, migration, and cold coping mechanisms.  And, though some animals may be seldom seen in the winter, they leave us clues to remind us they are here.

Beavers stockpile logs beneath the ice on a frozen pond so they have access to food all winter long.  Beaver dens are nice and toasty on the inside and keep the beaver families warm during the cold months.

Beavers stockpile logs beneath the ice on a frozen pond so they have access to food all winter long. Beaver lodges are nice and toasty on the inside and keep the beaver families warm during the cold months.

Though it is cold in the winter, the Cuyahoga River rarely freezes.  Flowing water contains more energy than still water and is therefore more resistant to crystallization.  Lucky for us, it means we can still test water samples for our class Journey to the River.

We just have to take extra precautions to make sure the test tube samples don’t freeze!

We just have to take extra precautions to make sure the test tube samples don’t freeze!

In some cases, the snow can be an asset to our classes.  There are many interesting discoveries to be made amongst the ice and snow…

Ice crystals are awesome!

Ice crystals are awesome!

After learning about the artist Andrew Goldsworthy, these students felt inspired to make some nature art of their own.

After learning about the artist Andrew Goldsworthy, these students felt inspired to make some nature art of their own.

The hollow tree is a great shelter from the cold.  Animals find similar places to hide during the winter months.

The hollow tree is a great shelter from the cold. Animals find similar places to hide during the winter months.

Some birds migrate, but some stick around for the winter.  Bird watching is a great activity to try all year long.

Some birds migrate, but some stick around for the winter. Bird watching is a great activity to try all year long.

Spice bush has an interesting smell even when the leaves have fallen.

Spice bush has an interesting smell even when the leaves have fallen.

Of course on super cold days, we do have to spend more time learning inside.  And though we sometimes get a little stir crazy…

stir crazy

… it makes outdoor exploration time even more enjoyable!

desi and student

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