The Monday/Tuesday GAP class enjoyed a wonderful excursion to the Arboretum recently. We just love to learn about nature and spend time appreciating it.
We started our day by exploring the amazing Acorn Playground, and what an incredible playground it is. There are sounds, sights and a wide variety of sensory experiences to be had on the play equipment, both on the ground and high up in the air.
After morning tea on the deck, overlooking sweeping views of Canberra below, we were joined by our positively amazing guide Heather, who we all love to bits.
Heather showed us lots of things and told us lots of stories about the plants, birds and animals at the arboretum. At one point, we stopped under a tree where we could see a bird’s nest and hear little birds twittering and see them flitting about. We learned that these clever little “butter bum birds” (yellow-rumped thornbills; not to be confused with the North American “butter butt bird”, which is a yellow-rumped warbler) hide their nests underneath decoy nests in order to protect their young from cuckoos and predators.
After Heather shared her favourite garden fairy story book with us, we were allowed to examine the national bonsai collection and choose where we might live if we were tiny forest dwellers.
The excursion was wonderful and we learned a lot. Our return journey to the GAP included a ride on an ACTION bus and then a walk, and was an adventure in itself. We all enjoyed our lunch back at the GAP, sharing stories of our adventures.