We had to head down to Arlington for an errand and decided to check out something cool in the area while there. Here we are at the River Legacy Living Science Center.
This hefty guy welcomed us to the premises.
The kids were hooked right off the bat. They really make the most of the space there and the aquariums and terrariums are beautifully housed.
Elijah measures his horizontal leap (3′) and compares it with that of the bobcat (15′).
This was the coolest way I’ve seen of explaining plant function. Each button (labelled CO2, H2O, Radiant energy, chloroplasts, food, and O2) when pressed lights up a specific path and explains/depicts how CO2, H2O and the sun’s radiant energy are used by the tree to make its food as O2 is secreted as waste.
Sadie and Elijah peer down into a landfill to examine the layers with these reverse periscopes that turn and go up and down.
Elijah checks out the rivers in Texas as they light up on the map and makes the connection that rivers are traveling bodies of water that empty into the ocean.
There was more inside but Sadie was anxious to explore some of the trails behind the center. Noon in Texas in July… We were thankful for the shade of the trees! We found some animal tracks in this dry creek bed.
Eagle-eye Elijah spotted this guy sitting on a log. Do you see him? We chatted with him for a few minutes. He turned his head to check us out but, no matter how close we got, he never flinched to move. We finally said, ‘good-bye.’
Back inside! Examining bobcat fur, scat, and nails then reading a book about the characteristics and habits of bobcats. Did you know that bobcats are native to most of North America (excluding Canada) but are becoming fewer and fewer due to decreasing habitat space and hunting?
The kids quiz me on whose tracks each of these are by giving me hints as to the animal’s appearance (pictured on the back of the card) and characteristics. This was so fun and their hints were awesome.