Last week's Great Crawdad Fetch & Catch at the nature center was major league edu-tainment. The goal of my Family Adventure Sunday series is to get young families outside having fun together exploring nature.
In all, the families caught 16 to 20 crayfish in Ijams' Toll Creek, perhaps even more because some may have gotten away, they had prior commitments.
We also caught water striders, cranefly larvae, dragonfly larvae, snails, black-nosed dace, larval salamanders and aquatic fishing spiders. And we encountered a brown water snake just hanging out on a tree branch. No big deal, snakes just like to hang out. It's their thing.
Did we turn some young kids into future aquatic biologists? Maybe. But at least they got a better idea of what lives in our waters.
Through activities like this, children learn that the natural world is explorable and knowable and full of wonder. The next Family Adventure Sunday is August 26.
Thank you, Mac and Jeff for helping.
And yes, all animals were returned to the creek with a story to tell.