Today we packed up the backpack with a bunch of supplies and headed out to a local state park. We went to Hurd State Park, also know as “split rock” In the granite ledges of the split rock are veins of feldspar which was once mined extensively in Connecticut.
Liam has been studying the industrial revolution and reading a book about mining the past few weeks, so I had the idea to go explore rocks!in the backpack: safety goggles, hammers,cloth,magnets,notebook, paints and brushes, paperbags and insect repelant.
What did we learn: rocks and minerals, some of CT.’s history, navigation, seasonal changes, geography, navigation, reading and math skills and team work!
As we entered the park, Liam was in charge of reading the park map as I drove. Of course, Luke chimed in too. We found our parking space at the head of the trail and I had both boys take another look at the trail map and tell me which direction we needed to head to be near the Connecticut River.
We headed down and found a beautiful spot to set up our materials. After grabbing their brown bags they headed over to collect rocks at the rivers edge.
Once they had collected all the rocks they wanted, they came back to the picnic table to investigate! They broke them open using a hammer and had a blast looking at the texture and colors on the insides. We also checked to see if any had any magnetism to them…they did not. Luke proceeded to paint a few of his and then measured all of his rocks.
Luke spent time exploring in a variety of ways, while Liam really enjoyed breaking open all his rocks and said he found some crystals and lots of pieces of mica in his!
We had a quick picnic after they were through exploring and headed back to the car and over to the Split Rock trail.
Luke was our leaded and pointed out the yellow trail mark to us. Along the way they both spotted a woodpecker, frog and granite and more mica, plus a few other goodies!
Great fun and lots of learning! And…I love how they looked with their safety goggles! 🙂