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« Mapping the Yard: Honey Locust Pods »

We have started making a map of all the trees and shrubs in our yard. When we finish, we are going to add in the birds and animals and insects that live here and make a map of our habitat.

Since we live on a very small bluff, the bottom of our yard is low and has a creek. So really, our yard has more than one kind of habitat. We’ll learn about that as we go.

This morning we identified our honey locust trees. Jack drew their pods.

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that is such an awesome idea and I am totally stealing it. Annika will be all over this one.

I'm envisioning the map now. Mud pit in hole dug by Charlie. Pool - habitat for plastic toys. Lemon tree - feeds roof rats.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Jackson

oh, that would be so great if they could share what they’re doing with each other! we’ll see if anyone else wants to join in, too.

lol re: roof rats. we have a terrifying possum that sneaks into the garage for cat food.

January 4, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

love this version, jack :)

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterestea

there were three versions! this was my favorite. ;^)

January 4, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

Hi, thanks for directing me to your wonderful blog.....full of great ideas to work with the kids. Thanks again! x

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeart Felt

Very cool idea~! We make detailed drawings for gardening, but haven't done anything like this. Of course our yard is only 17 feet wide and has a house on both sides...a good spring project! :)

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

brilliant idea!!!!!!! I love it, Lori. It ties in perfectly with this book i have been reading

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

Lori, would you mind going into a bit more detail on how you are doing this with your children?

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

thank you, Heart Felt! :^)

thanks, denise -- i think a small yard could still have a really detailed map and lots to include, as long as you kept zooming in and including more detail, if you know what i mean.

lynn, thank you for the book recommendation! we have a great book on making maps i’ll be sharing. i would love to give you more detail on how we’re mapping the yard, but we’re figuring it out as we go. ;^) well, i’ll share it as it develops!

January 5, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

the more i think about this, the more I love this idea, Lori.
I have given each of our days a theme (laundry day/baking day etc etc) we will have a gardening /handcrafts day depending on the season. Mapping will work beautifuly with our gardening day. Please share your mapping book, Lori.
Here is another book I would like to share...
We planted our own rainbow in autumn & are looking forward to spring time to see how it grows..

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

oh, good, lynn -- be sure to share your photos with us! are you on flickr?

January 5, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

im not on flickr, but will look into it :)

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

Well, this is going to be challenging, as our back garden in a small blank square of grass. We rent, and I'm a garden novice. Still, I bet there's something out there, and there's a little bit at the front too. Hmmm *think* *think* :-)

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSam

lynn, yes, look into it! it’s free and it’s awesome. ;^) and you already have a yahoo account so you’re halfway there!

sam, you never know till you start looking! and hey, you could do your neighborhood. :^)

January 5, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

I hope your honey locust trees are not the spiked ones. My experience of honey locust is with ones that have huge, long, spines - upto 4" long. You have to be very careful around them because:

1) If a spike got in your eye you would have a bad injury. We wear safety glasses when around them for this reason.
2) The spikes penetrate deep into the skin and can lead to serious infections. Just think about having a hypodermic syringe that had been around the garden, rather than being sterile, penetrating your skin. It's not like getting a surface scrape because they penetrate to lower layers of skin if you get spiked. You can get a systemic fungal infection from something like this.

Sorry to be so negative, but nature can be hazardous and kids, and adults, need to learn about that too.

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

alison, unfortunately they are the ones with the four-inch thorns! we’re drawing those, too. :^)

supposedly they will blind you if you get poked in the eye. (!) my husband trims up the trees above head level in the spring, but they just grow back. also, the mature ones dry up and fall off the tree, and you step on them -- they go right through our sandals.

lol, thanks for all the deadly warnings! you are right, though, they are a serious hazard. we also have poison ivy, poison oak, and every plant under the sun that grows thorns. :^P and you are right, everyone has to be educated about the dangers so they can stay safe. (we have ticks, too. sigh.)

January 5, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

Lori - your garden/backyard just sounds scary! Lol.

Neighbourhood - that's a good idea. I'd thought of the local park, but it seemed a little large for a first task!

I am so glad you started this project - I have been complaining about the lack of green surroundings in my immediate area, and this is going to force me to open my eyes and really look. :-)

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSam

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