Ijams Homeschool Academy kicked off its 2017-18 school year last Friday.
In all it is eight classes, each on a natural science topic including ornithology (birds), herpitology (amphibians and reptiles), entomology (insects and other invertebrates), dendrenology (trees), mammalogy (mammals) and in the case of our first class, aquatic life.
The junior naturalists are divided into three age groups. Ashlind hosts the 5-year-olds and younger, Christie hosts the 9-year-olds and older and Stephen Lyn hosts what he calls the "middles"—the 6, 7 and 8-year-olds.
The older kids got to wade Toll Creek searching for crawdads, fish and aquatic insects. Exploring the depths of a stream can be a little scary but it is also empowering to conquer your fears.
Ijams had been connecting children to nature since the summer of 1923.
Next month, we will search for insects.