Aullwood Nature Center & Farm

We visited the Aullwood Nature Center/Farm not too long ago, and we loved it!
I’m thinking we’ll get a membership since it’s inexpensive, we’ll get reciprocity at another nature center a city over, and both places offer classes.

The kids have been asking about attending a homeschool co-op this, but agreed to wait until next year as long as I promised to take them to lots of museums/parks for the rest of this year. We’ll miss the co-op in Virginia and I haven’t had much luck finding anything here, partly because I’m not looking all that much at the moment.
A big outing like a museum is a lot to tackle weekly like we would at a co-op, so I’m thinking we can do museums monthly/bi-monthly and parks we can do weekly. I’m sure nothing will worked out as planned, ha!
Besides all that, we just moved, and I’m not up for trying to enroll them in a co-op this year.

The Nature Center is amazing!
There are porches and observation decks, and the entire place is surrounded by all kinds of flowers, birds, and trails.

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Inside there are discovery stations and individual rooms where the kids can play, touch, and explore.
One of our first stops was the bird watching room.

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Blocks, puppets, and looking at everything through a magnifying glass in another room.

buildingahouse treepuppet magnifying glass exploration
Kiah didn’t care much for the room with animal skins…she said it was creepy and refused to walk through the door.

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Tic Tac Toe.

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This room had snakes, turtles, and big birds.
The girls were attempting to make a bird’s nest without using their hands since birds don’t have hands.

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Bees! The queen was marked with a green dot on the other side of the glass.

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We had the option of taking the 10min walk to the nature trail or driving the car over to the farm.
The kids chose the trail. I am so proud of myself you guys! You know trails are usually not my thing…. but I’ll do it for the children. I love nature, just not everything you can come into contact with in nature.

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Samuel ran whenever he could. He said walking takes too long.

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Kiah suggested we walk the prairie trail next time.

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It took us more like 20mins to get to the farm. The trail was really muddy in certain areas, we had a couple of rabbits cross our path, and we stopped for a 5min rest after the steps.

Finally! We made it to the farm, but they weren’t interested in the farm animals just yet.

I wish I could say we made it through the trail without any mosquito bites, but I forgot to put the bug spray in my purse. Samuel got the worse of it with several on his neck and the back of his legs.

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It’s a working farm and you can buy meat, eggs, milk, and honey.
They also have a discovery room with other areas set up for kids to play and explore.
We didn’t get a chance to explore the entire farm area either, maybe on our next trip.

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All kinds of adorable going on here!

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At the entrance to the stables.

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I came around the corner to this scene…

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I love this one. Looks like the horse is really trying to get Samuel to pet her again.

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Kiah said horses are her most favorite animals, besides our cat. I told her about the one or two times I went horseback riding, and she asked if that is something she could do. Add horseback riding to our list of activities.

We also saw pigs, goats, donkeys, and sheep.

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What farm is complete without a cat?

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8 Replies to “Aullwood Nature Center & Farm”

  1. Wow, that looks like my kinda place. Looks like you guys had fun.
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    1. Kim, you would have LOVED it!
      I’m glad it wasn’t too hot/humid the day we went.

  2. What a beautiful place! Looks like you had a wonderful time!

    1. It really is. Making sure we check out the all the gardens next time we go.

  3. That is definitely a great place! We are going to try our local homeschool co-op foe the first time this year. Hopefully for music and art but the class schedule hasn’t come out yet. The classes are free-$20 but I am required to volunteer for a certain amount of time. The co op also has a girl scout troop which we might try. Memberships to the museums and zoos are always a must for us. We use the heck out of them and it’s nice to go whenever we want and not have to worry about the money. Congrats on your move!

    1. Hope your first co-op experience goes well. We really enjoyed ours, and I volunteered.
      We did girl scouts for a couple of years, but kept having problems with the troop leader, so I ended up pulling my girls out.
      We have the Boonshoft Pass and love it….looking forward to visiting the Boonshoft museum in the next month.

  4. So glad you are enjoying new things in your new (old) town. 🙂 What an amazing place!! Love the tic tac toe (could be a craft project to make) and, of course, all the photos of your kiddos enjoying and exploring. When I was a kid, I didn’t like being around animal skins or anything that reflected death (like skeletons,etc.), so I completed understand Kiah’s hesitation…
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    1. That is the coolest tic tac toe board, and I would love to have one here for the kids.
      I could probably make something similar.
      Kiah is very sensitive when it comes to animals, but she enjoys walking around the cemetery and learning about how coffins are made and the entire burial process.
      There was a time last year where she didn’t eat meat for a couple of weeks.

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