Today was Easter Sunday, so after the boys rummaged through their Easter baskets, we went to our favorite place in our area…the Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR) Park. We spend a LOT of time exploring the trails, nature, and wildlife.
The park provides miles of hiking/walking/running areas…signs to educate the public about different plants…conservation areas…and lots of wildlife.
The park contains softball fields where Steve and Gage can work on baseball. The fields are really large so they can practice running, batting, throwing, and sliding.
The children’s park is separated into sections for big kids and smaller kids…so the little ones don’t risk getting run over by the bigger kids.
Our whole family loves the hiking trail. We read the signs and search for the corresponding plants. It’s so much fun! We’ve learned the names of so many different species.
We really love exploring new hiking trails, but PEAR park is definitely our favorite. The park is located right down the road for us, so it’s super convenient. We never get bored…the park changes with the seasons, so there is always something new to discover.
The park contains an awesome nature center where the staff shows the boys different parts of animals they’ve found, different types of rocks, the plants they’ve accumulated, and so much more. The boys beg to go there every time we go. The staff we’ve met are beyond amazing. They are so patient with the boys and always extremely friendly.
One of our favorite sections is the butterfly garden. It contains different plants planted specifically to attract butterflies. It’s such a beautiful and serene area. The park built benches and a pavilion so visitors can sit in the shade and enjoy the amazing view.
One of the sections we haven’t been able to explore…but have always wanted to is the section where you can “rent” a garden for a year. We would LOVE to grow vegetables there, since we aren’t able to grow them at our house…but our schedules are already too packed. We can usually only go on Sundays, so everything would die before we could tend to them…plus, I’m not known for my green thumb. It’s still fun to walk by and see all of the different crops growing.
Look for state parks and hiking trails around you…it’s such a fun way to have family fun!