Biomimicry: Campfires and Celebration

June 6, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

Week 12 – 5/29/2018 Today was the long awaited individual campfires day.  So far this semester the weather hasn’t been on our side for campfires, it’s either been too cold, too windy, too rainy or way too hot.  Today was pretty warm but we hoped the clouds would keep us cool long enough to practice… Read more »

Biomimicry: Decomposers and Recycling

May 30, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

5/15/2018 Have you ever eaten muscles before?  Most people go to the store or seafood market to buy them already pre-plucked from their rocky homes.  In the wild, muscles create an incredibly strong adhesive.  If you’ve ever been to the ocean and tried to pry muscles from the rocks, you’d know they can really hold… Read more »

Biomimicry: A Day of Color

May 14, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

5/8/2018 Today was our last class before Mother’s Day so we hoped to surprise our moms with origami flowers.  We made two different types of flowers, starting with the more complicated one.  This was a craft we had hoped to do a few weeks back when learning about how leaves fit into buds but we… Read more »

Biomimicry: Animal Water Adaptations

May 8, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

5/1/2018 Today the weather was hot, the sun was blazing and there was barely a cloud in the sky.  On such a hot day a lot of us were thinking about water.  We reviewed what we learned last week by going over the three components of a wetland (water, hydric soil and hydrophilic plants) and… Read more »

A Campfire and Bursting Buds

April 19, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

4/10/18  Mid-Semester Campfire Celebration Today marked the (almost) half way point for our homeschool semester!  We started the day by meeting one of Irvine’s newest animal ambassadors, the Great Horned Owl.  Jenna, our animal care specialist, showed us the owl and we learned a lot about the owl and falconry!  Over the last few weeks… Read more »

Biomimicry: Birds and Flight Part 2

April 5, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

4/3/2018 Spring has arrived and with Spring come the birds!  Last class we learned about why people study and watch birds, how to identify birds and also how to sketch birds.  We also got to build really cool paper airplanes of various designs and test them in the field!  This week was all about bird… Read more »

Biomimicry: Say It Like A Bat

March 14, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

3/6/2018 Today was a chilly day, with snow falling (that quickly was named “Snailing” because it seemed like a weird snow/hail mix, not quite snow, not quite hail).  Before we headed out on the trails, we quickly reviewed what we did last week.  We pulled out a maple sugaring sheet with all the steps in… Read more »

Biomimicry: Maple Sugaring and Celery Stalks

March 5, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

Welcome back to Biomimicry!  In this homeschool class we learn about how plants and animals have inspired technologies and ideas that help people live better and sometimes even more sustainable lives.  We welcomed two new students to our class and started the day by going around and sharing our favorite animal, one thing love to… Read more »

Biomimicry: Windmills, a Hedgehog and a Campfire

December 16, 2017 - Earth Friends, Preschool

Week 12: 12/5/2017 This semester has been about discovering inventions, technologies and other innovations that have been inspired by nature, whether that be plants, animals or even weather and other natural phenomenon.  Today we got to make our own windmills because we were talking about how wind turbines have been redesigned to be more efficient… Read more »