Thursday, March 20, 2014

Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Center

Tuesday, we went to the Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Center for a field trip with our homeschool group. It was really fun!

Oddly enough, this week, our book was A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle and our science is to discuss animals that live in a shell. Sunday afternoon we read a couple of books from the library about sea turtles and learned all about them. Monday Arabelle did a sea turtle craft, so by Tuesday, we were ready to SEE the sea turtles!

Of course, they make you walk into the gift shop. Bo thought this little key chain with a floating sea turtle was the coolest thing there (no, we didn't buy it). 

Mae loved all the stuffed turtles.

First our group went into the are where they rehab the injured/sick turtles. The talked to us about each turtle and we learned a lot!

Then we went inside to the other are with more info about sea turtles, other sea creatures, and a few land turtles. They had this little aquarium with a hermit crab, sea anemones, coral, barnacles, and a shrimp. Bo loved watching the shrimp crawl and swim around. He stood there a good while laughing at the shrimp! He told me he was going to eat it. :)

Arabelle played this game where you try to help the turtle cross the road. Most of hers got flattened by the cars. haha!

This showed how the turtles hatch out of their eggs and make their way out. Bo was impressed by this, I guess.

The weather forecast said it was going to be 60 at lunch time and cloudy. I figured that would be a little cool, but okay for a picnic and some fun on the beach. Well, turns out it was 49 degrees and WINDY. So, we ate our picnic lunch in the car and played on the beach for about 15 minutes. We were a bit disappointed, but too cold to worry much about it!

It wasn't a bad drive and Mae did really well in the car. She napped on the way there and back and was thoroughly entertained when she was awake. 

We were all really glad that Jared came with us! 

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