On Saturday we went to Pilcher Park for a nature walk. I had Maddie bring along a bag so that she could collect fall leaves to bring home and identify.
We are lucky to have a wonderful local park with a great nature center. In fact, it is the same place we went for the book recycling event as well as a maple sugaring demonstration in the early spring.
This morning, as we were hanging out and having our usual lazy Sunday morning, Maddie brought out her bag of leaves and we used some old nature guides (which I got for free at an estate auction) and she pulled out the leaves one by one and identified what kind of tree they each came from.
If you don't already have a guidebook, I would recommend either the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees or Peterson's A Field Guide to Trees and Shrubs. We have a Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America which has been very useful in our backyard bird watching.