Week of January 16, 2022 – January 22, 2022

Melissa Kirby Staff member and Environmental Educator

by Melissa Kirby, Environmental Educator

I recently went into a classroom for our Nature in the City program and assisted in teaching the second grade lesson that’s all about the science of snow. The students were elated the moment they saw the mason jar of snow we brought into their classroom. We made their snowflake catchers, gave them each a bountiful spoonful of snow, and passed out magnifying glasses to take a closer look at the crystals formed by water in this solid state of playful matter.

One student had the biggest smile on her face the whole time she was looking through her magnifying glass at the snow. With wonder in her eyes, she showed me the interesting shapes she found and how the light was reflecting off the crystals. Her curiosity and sense of wonder warmed my heart and left me with a feeling of awe and inspiration. It’s times like these that I feel a deep gratitude to be able to witness the world through children’s eyes and what a big wide world it is with new discoveries every day.