Personally, I have the tendency to mock the Madrona Marsh because it looks like a large plot of overgrown weeds that people are very serious about protecting. Most of the plants growing there you would pluck out of your garden should you see them sprouting! Mike's parents have an enormous backyard, which greatly resembles the Marsh, and we've joked several times that we should sell tickets to wander through the shoulder high weeds. Needless to say, this was not really a field trip I was looking forward to with great anticipation. But Nathan noted that I'm spending a lot of time working in Ben's class and not so much time in his this year, so a sense of guilt propelled me to volunteer my day to walk over with the kids. Unfortunately I've been a little under the weather and have completely lost my voice, so I was pretty ineffectual as a chaperone! Being among all the tall grasses and seed pods did nothing for my already ash and smoke-battered sinuses!
The kids were very interested in the "stuffed" animals, and kept asking our guide about what exactly the taxidermy process entails. And here is our last photo of Nathan's blue metal water bottle, which he lost somewhere on the Marsh.
Here's the outside of the Nature Center, with a sample of the brown brush that covers the Marsh. I felt bad for our guide who had to keep all the kids interested in the reproduction cycle of the Tule Reed, when today was the first time in five days they've been allowed to go outside and play!
The coolest part for the kids (NOT the adults) was the walk back to the entrance when we got to go through what felt like a never-ending tunnel of the Tule. We got home from the field trip in time for me to load up on antihistamines before picking up Ben from Kindergarten.