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Nature Study: Trout

ns_trout_lgThis week we studied trout in our nature study. We were lucky to find a pond nearby where there is an abundance of fish because they are protected and fed. We went early in the morning (around 7:30am) hoping that the fish would be actively looking for their breakfast.observing_troutIt didn’t take long to see our first rainbow trout around the shore of the pond. Most were about 1-3 years old (juveniles).trout_swimming_03trout_swimming_01 trout_swimming_02trout_observationtrout_swimming_04trout_swimming_05
It was neat seeing the larger adults and looking at their amazing camouflaged bodies covered in spots and rainbow colors.trout_swimming_06We crossed a bridge to the other side of the pond where the Blue River feeds in. We didn’t see any fish on this side of the pond. We guessed they preferred the warmer, calmer waters of the other side.crossing_bridgewalking_along_riverWe always find additional treasures on our nature walks. We saw many wild raspberry bushes along the shoreline. They weren’t quite ripe yet. Maybe we’ll revisit this area in a few weeks and make some raspberry pancakes!wild_raspberriesFurther up the river, a trout ladder had been built to help the fish migrate to their preferred breeding grounds. My husband explained to the kids how the fish jump each step to reach the pond above the dam.trout_ladder
We stopped on our walk and watched the sun’s reflection on the rocks in the water. The pattern it made looked almost exactly like the scales of the rainbow trout.
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On Tuesday afternoon, we sat down and journaled about our trout study. I told the kids to recall our walk and use their mental picture of the trout to draw the scene in their nature study notebooks.

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Bud – Age 7

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Peanut – Age 5

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My journal entry

And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. Matthew 4:19

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2 thoughts on “Nature Study: Trout

  1. I love that you added a Bible verse to tie in your post. I think I’m going to borrow that concept and try to add a Bible verse into our nature journals. Nature study has been pretty much a hit/miss type of learning and I’m hoping to change that this coming year. Thank you for sharing and I hope to visit again and glean some more in this area.

    • Once I went searching for them, I found so many verses that tie into what we experience in our nature studies. I hope you enjoy your nature studies this year too. They seem to get better and better the more we do them. Thank you for your sweet comment and for stopping by!

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