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We Hike, We Learn, We Play,


Part of our homeschooling week includes (sometimes many) outdoor activities: Austin Nature Center science class, Austin Families in Nature, Co-op, camping, Boy/Cub scouts, bike riding, parks, music concerts, soccer practice, baseball practice and hiking a trail. We love to be outside!
The weather is usually great here for all of these activities the entire year- yes its hot in August but that is perfect for swimming holes, beaches and the pools. 
I enjoy taking the love of nature and the outdoors and including a lesson so we are constantly finding new items to bring home to our nature collection jars (on display in the living room). 
Enjoy our outdoor/world learning pictures: 
Best spot to eat lunch after that climb up!


                             Lost Maples State park- November 2014- fantastic 5 mile hike!
Cub Scout night hike/sleepover  at the Fort Worth Zoo! 
December 2014
Hiking up the Santa Monica Mountains.
Museum play

Sea Life Science Center 
Camp grounds exploring. 
Loving nature 

Reading

Exploring a sculpture 
sand/water play 


California February 2015- Museums, hiking, beach, camping. 
Oh and this: 


SMAP Delta II Rocket Launch!





Hot Springs Arkansas, Lake Catherine State Park
with our homeschool co-op friends.
April 2015

Fishing class. 
April 2015
AFiN at Westcaves Nature Preserve

Cub Scout Hiking at Mayfield Park 
April 2015

AFiN Play 
April 2015

Park day, the new Ramsey playground. 
March 2015

Soccer and reading time. 
April 2015

Co-op Geocaching. 
March 2015

Cub Scout Volunteer trail clean up. 
April 2015

SXSW for kids Concert/Fundraiser 
March 2015
We sit inside for a little while too! ; ) 



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