On Thursday, the Nuthatches learned a song about trees and sap, which is flowing more and more with each sunny day. We played on the quinzhees out at camp, and then trekked over to Hearth Camp where the homeschoolers were boiling sap! Sean and Wren (the homeschool instructors) welcomed us to their camp and we listened as the homeschoolers described the set up: a long oven of cinder blocks over a roaring fire, with a chimney to draw the air up and out, and pans of sap set on top. At times we were engulfed in clouds of steam! What a fascinating process.
At lunch, Emily read a picture book about porcupines getting ready for winter! Then we packed up and headed out of camp early, because a special visitor was waiting for us at the picnic tables. It was Elisabeth! She had brought the Nuthatches some mysterious objects that we had to use our five senses to figure out. They were brown and circular, and smelled kind of good. We decided that they weren’t bear scat even though they kind of looked like it. When we tasted them, we knew for sure—they were delicious cookies! We closed out our week by munching on cookies, catching up with Elisabeth, and sharing gratitude.