On March 17th, we celebrated St Patrick's Day by going on a "Lucky Leprechaun Hike" at Huron Natural Area in Kitchener. When I planned this hike, I had imagined that there would be a lot more green on the ground, and a lot less white. I thought that we could hunt for 4-leaf clovers.
But this was not meant to be.
It was a snowy, chilly, sunny St Patrick's day! We had a great time.
We found a protected place in the woods and read Too Many Leprechauns: Or How that Pot o' Gold Got to the End of the Rainbow by Stephen Krensky. Some participants of the hike shared how they had trapped a leprechaun in their home, and described what he looked like. We compared notes on different sizes of leafed-clovers we have found in the past. Several said they had found a 4-leaf clover, one mentioned a 28-leaf one, and one had even discovered a 84-leaf specimen in the past!
Here are some of the leprechauns, waiting to go on the hike.
After this, we worked in family groups to find things on a scavenger hunt list:
We shared these items, then used our special sticks to make leprechaun faces/bodies for our little green felt hoods to fit onto. Then we set to work building leprechaun houses, or gnome homes, in the woods. It was so much fun to see the variety of structures that were created:
It was wonderful to see the creativity come alive, and the care that they took in creating homes for the leprechauns. I'm sure they appreciated it!
Our next family nature experience will take place this Saturday, March 21 at 1:00 at Huron Natural Area. We'll be celebrating the first day of spring (probably in the snow!). Feel free to join us!
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