• Kari Wilde

Kindergarten Volcano Study

Well, the Volcano bug won't stop biting. Last year we went to Mt. St. Helens and the kids became FASCINATED with volcanoes. They were always kinda into the idea of volcanoes because after all they explode (and who doesn't love a good explosion) but actually going up to see Mt. St. Helens in person took our volcano love to the next level.

Fast forward to this past weekend and we were able to visit the Newberry Volcanic Monument in Bend. This monument did not disappoint. We were able to drive to the top of the cinder cone which was rad + walk through the absolutely astounding Lava River.

Nothing comes close to experiential learning. To be able to walk through lava lands, pick up pumice, look down into the crater really takes your understanding to a whole new level. I am so thankful that we can adventure around the Pacific Northwest and visit these amazing spots.

We stayed at the monument for about 3 hours even though it was pouring rain and fairly chilly. After wandering around the lava fields we went into the visitor center to learn more. There were some amazing exhibits and a pretty epic video on lava that the kids could not peel their eyes from.

To top off their day, the kids became a Jr. Rangers & a Smokey Helper respectively. They were extremely proud to get their badge and take their oath!

Now that we are back I'm planning to check out 10-15 different volcano books from the library, watch a few documentaries on volcanoes, and check out some resources online that teach about volcanoes. I am really looking forward to this, probably more then my kids are :)

Hope you have a great week!

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