Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

Friday was a field trip to the pumpkin patch. This small organic farm, about an hour drive, had lots to see. I'm not sure what the kids enjoyed more the pumpkins or the bugs. There was a lesson about bees which I know the parents found very interesting. We learned that there are over 5000 different kinds of bees on this farm (25,000 varieties in the world). The Bee Lady (what I called her) demonstrated why beehives have 6 sides. An area with six sides can hold the most volume and fits together efficiently. Circles can hold more (ie. canned foods) but there are spaces between them when they are stacked together. Bees can start making a hive from two opposite sides and they will meet perfectly in the middle. There, the end of my bee lesson. Here are some more pictures from the day.

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