Last weekend (the day before Mother’s Day) we went to an event put on by the school of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington. They had two rooms of tables set up with displays and hands-on activities covering various topics in geology, physics, rocketry, soil science, space science, and others. There were lots of families there, learning and exploring.
After that was over, we walked down to the School of Forestry, where I got my degree many, many years ago.
The buildings were closed, but I enjoyed showing my children where I spent so much time in the two years I was there. It brought back a lot of memories!
We enjoyed walking through the gardens with medicinal plants. While there, we heard a clattering and clacking from up in the trees. We were thrilled to find that there is a heron rookery right across the street from the forestry buildings! You could see the giant nests, with the giant birds in them.
Occasionally a heron would fly out or into the grove of trees. That is such an incredible sight. This rookery didn’t exist when I went to school there.
We wandered around the campus a bit, enjoying the warmth of this sunny spring day.
We also popped into Suzzalo Library to look at the architecture. It reminded me of the old churches in Europe.
I’m grateful we have such interesting and historical buildings in our city. I kept dropping hints that the kids would enjoy going there when they are ready for college.
It was such a fun day, walking around campus, learning with my kids, getting a bit of nature and science in the city. University campuses are often wonderful places to get a nature fix, and parents can keep an eye out for interesting events to take their kids to, to take advantage of supplemental learning and community events.