Saturday, 9 February 2013

Celebrate Chinese New Year 
The Year of the Snake

The Spark:
We are in the thick of winter and a snake may not be the first thing on your mind but Chinese New Year celebrates the year of the snake and what better opportunity to learn about them as they survive the winter months.  So, where are all the snakes anyways?  Well, snakes like the common garter snake go into a type of hibernation.  It's not a true hibernation but a kind of semi dormant sate.  What snakes do in order to survive winter's freezing temperature is actually very cool (no pun intended!)  Since the are cold blooded, their body temperature changes with their surroundings.  When it's cold, it cools down and their metabolism also slows down in order to conserve energy during the winter months.  They have no choice but to hibernate because the ground and ponds are all frozen so there are no frogs, worms, or fish to eat.  Snakes find spaces below the frost line in order to prevent from freezing to death.  These spaces are so few and far behind that sometimes you can find thousands of snakes in one site.  

Are you interested in learning more about the amazing snakes in you area?  If so, start your quest here.  Calling all Super Natural Superheroes to ACTIVATE!  Begin your quest to explore and learn about snakes!  Start your quest with the question WHY?

Start Your Quest:
Why:  It's Chinese New Year and this year celebrates the year of the snake.
What:  To get out into nature, play, learn, experiment, and recognize how snakes survive winter.
Where:  In your neighbourhood in a nearby patch of nature (it may even be your own backyard.)
Who:  You, you family, and friends.
When:  As soon as you can get yourself organized.
How:  Find out below.  It's a S.N.CH., or is it?

Take Action:

Before you head outdoors you must dress for the occasion.  What better way than to finger knit your own pet snake and take him out with you on your snake adventure into nature.  You might want to use your snake as a scarf so you can keep your hands free.  Coil the snake around your neck in true snake fashion.  Now you are ready for to begin your snake adventure.

Find out what snakes are found in your geographical location.  Go on a nature hike and try to find a snake den.  While you are out there make colourful bubble sakes to celebrate the year of the snake.  Here is what you'll need:  a plastic water bottle with the top part cut off,  a mis-matched sock, water, a variety of food colours,  bubble soap, an elastic to hold the sock at one end.  Place your mouth on the open end and blow.  

Visit the zoo to see snakes and find out as much as you can about them.

Experiment with various liquids to see if they freeze in below zero temperatures.  Make like a snake and see if you can find a liquid (that is safe to handle), and behaves like an antifreeze.  Examples:  Water, oil, and rubbing alcohol.  Ask your parents to help.  Place them in plastic cups and put them outdoors.  Check on your experiment overtime to see what results you will get.  

Don't Stop Here:
Keep on researching and finding out all that you can about snakes.  Who knows, they may turn out to be one of your great passions in life.  And to think it all started with this quest.  Wow!!  If you have a hunch about something just drop us an email and we'll give your hunch a whirl and get back to you.

Quest Check:
We are super interested in keeping you super interested on your quest to find out, learn, explore, and play in nature.  Keep checking back with us on a regular basis to see if your interests match our quests.

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