Miller Nature Preserve

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Orchid Mania

We visited the Cleveland Botanical Gardens on Friday along with several other homeschooling families. The gardens were having a special orchid event and I had never taken the kids there before. Seemed like a great idea.

The entry was filled with all different kinds of orchids.

  
These ones looked like snake fangs.

Inside the glass house, we were surrounded by butterflies and birds. And also people. Lots of people. I expected the gardens to be fairly empty at 1:00 on a Friday afternoon. It was not-it was bustling and a bit difficult to stand out of the way long enough to really watch the animals.

   
    
 As we moved into the desert area, space opened up. I really enjoyed seeing the spiny plants and desert animals. This part was a big winner with the kids too. The chameleons, tortoises and hedgehogs were highlights.


  

    

  
Overall, we really liked it there and are planning to go back when the weather warms up enough to go outside as well.

Back to the Rain Forest part 2

When we visited the Rain Forest at the Zoo, we bought a venus fly trap in the gift shop. The kids picked out a perfect spot for it when we got home and proceeded to try to “trick” it into eating dropped ants. While they were doing that, I pulled up some web pages about venus fly traps and discovered their ploy would probably not work.

The venus fly trap got moved to a sunnier location near other flowering plants after our reading. It also caught two new insects the first day. Unfortunately, it kept getting tipped over in rain storms and some of the stems broke off. Kind-of fortunately, the trap’s seal is broken after it detaches from the main plant, so we were able to peek inside to see what it had caught…a huge ant!