That's Kierra. She is one of the participants in the after school program I've been helping with at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School. She along with the other two girls in the program, Terriana and Josalin, visited the Arboretum for the very first time on Friday afternoon. We took a nature hike, walked on a tree platform, visited the butterfly garden, and made some leaf rubbings. Aside from being a little chilly, the girls enjoyed exploring their surroundings. I could tell from their reactions to the landscape that they had not spent much time in the outdoors. It was fun to see them craning their necks to look at the towering trees and get excited about little things--like breaking open the fallen seed pods of a honey locust tree, discovering that thyme smells when you rub it between your fingers, and laughing at the acorns with their funny little "hats" on!
Kierra, Josalin, and Terriana at the top of the butterfly garden.