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General News · 5th June 2020
#1. I’m wet and I’m dry.
I change all the time.
I cover the world in bright green.
What am I? Rigel

#2. I am wild and pretty
I am green and prickly
I smell yummy
What am I? Tala

#3. I grow down low
I like the late sun
The south tip of the island is where I spread
I make a pretty fairy dress in pink and purple
My gift for next year is in a pod
What am I? Aiya

#4. I slither
I slide
I go far and wide
Across warm rocks and shallow ponds
What am I? Yamuna

The Children’s Forest Trust and the Cortes Family Support Network, through the Cortes Community Health Association, are concluding their nine weeks of spring activities which were initiated to encourage and celebrate families in nature, and as a way for children to stay connected to other children through zoom chats. There were many fabulous discoveries and new friendships formed. The curiosity, observations and engagement in the natural world that Cortes children have is jaw-dropping.

The Children’s Forest Trust extends a huge thank you to Desta for providing the forum through the Family Support Network and for co-hosting our zoom chats. We also want to send a special thanks to Seren and Rigel for offering fantastic ideas for our weekly focus, and to Seren for sharing the hosting of the zoom chats.

The monthly nature walks into the Children’s Forest have not yet resumed, but as soon as the provincial health officials announce a further lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, our scheduled walks for the first Sunday of each month will be posted. And until then, what better way to spend a family afternoon than a magical walk through the Children’s Forest, followed by a swim at Grandmother Grove in Carrington Lagoon.

We leave you with some haikus, chuckles and the answers to the children’s nature riddles.

Ribbit, frog croaks
In a happy kind of voice
It’s going to rain Emma

Frog lives in the bog
He east flies, big, small and large,
Then swims back home Yamuna

Tiny tadpoles swim
Eating algae in the spring
At home in their pond Tala

Little frog swimming
Tail shrinks, she grows bigger
Lays eggs and jumps out Aiya

Frogs are cute and small
Sometimes they are hard to catch
I like to hold them Yamuna

Riddle answers - #1 (spring); #2 (wild rose); #3 (wild pea); #4 (snake)
Green on green.
Green on green.