Homeschool Field Trip
WNC Nature Center
It’s hard to make new friends in a new area when you’re homeschooling. It can also be hard to find the fun spots, local hangouts, or best playgrounds. Of course, the best way to discover these hidden gems is to just go out and start exploring.
However, we have one more obstacle: we only have one car! So far, it hasn’t been too much of a burden because we live so close to Adam’s work. We just take him to work on the mornings that we know we will need transportation. But it does slow me down, and prevents me from doing things spur-of-the-moment. And honestly, I think I might function best as a spur-of-the-moment homeschool mom. Sometimes when I plan things out, I overthink how much work it will be. Packing lunches, change of clothes, driving….whereas, if I just get an idea in my head or if the kids just casually mention wanting to go do something, and I hop on the idea without much thought, then I don’t get overwhelmed. Weird, huh?
Anyway, I’m off-topic. Our trip to the WNC Nature Center was planned weeks in advance. It was marked on the calendar. I didn’t have any idea what this Nature Center consisted of, I had only read the email inviting us to a Homeschool Day. We were pleasantly surprised at what it had to offer!
We saw the usual farm animals (a few goats, sheep, and chickens), but we also saw bears, wolves, fox, raccoon, deer. Not to mention they had a great indoor reptile exhibit, too. Turtles, fish, snakes, lizards. Because we signed up with the homeschool group, we were also able to attend a reptile program. The kids learned about and got to pet a snake and a turtle.
The WNC Nature Center offers season passes that get you into other zoos for either free or 50% off. So if you’re a zoo-loving family this might be a great option for you!
This trip was such a welcome experience for me. It was more than just an educational field trip for the kids. For me, it was an indication of us settling in. When we lived in Maryland, adventuring on my own was a weekly – sometimes daily! – occurrence. We were always going out, exploring, hiking, and learning together. This trip felt like “the good old days.” This trip was yet another one of those times where I thought to myself, “Everything is going to be okay.”
Meghan is a family and wedding photographer. She loves going barefoot and craves the sunshine on her face. She photographs all throughout WNC, including Highlands, Asheville, Cashiers, Sylva, Franklin, Waynesville, and beyond.