Category Archives: Dream It – Do It!

Dani’s Dreams Kids Share Tree Knowledge

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Trees top the list of wonderful parts of God’s creation and Oct. 14, nearly 30 Southern Hancock students explored the wide variety of trees at Dani’s Dreams Outdoor Education Center. Randy Caster, owner of Hillcrest Tree Farm explained that trees are really the first solar energy machine, taking in sun, water and carbon dioxide and giving off oxygen and sugar for the tree’s food.

PHOTOSYNTHESIS: Carbon Dioxide + Water + Light —-> Sugar + Oxygen
Students divided into groups, and went on a tree exploration, compiling reports on how trees help humans and animals.
Thanks to Mr. Caster, each student took home their own Norway Spruce tree seedling for fall planting!
Dani’s Dreams reporter Anna Caster, Zion Lutheran student, gives you the fun facts about our towering tree friends.
By Anna Caster
Trees are very beautiful! There are many kinds of trees, such as Norway Spruce, White Pine, Juniper, Tulip Poplar, Maple and Cherry. Trees are useful for many different things in many different ways, such as shade, protection and shelter for animals, paper and wood products, and many other things.
Trees breathe in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. Humans are the exact opposite, we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Trees are helpful in making gum, picnic tables, cutting boards, doors, and trees help keep the soil on the ground from having erosion. Trees are wonderful plants that God made for the enjoyment of humans and animals.
Trees can do so many different things in so many different ways. I love trees and you should too! Get a tree today! The best place to get any kind of tree is Hillcrest Tree Farm.
See you when you get there!

Dig It! – A Day of Discovery at Dani’s Dreams

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It was boys versus girls Sept. 23 when kids grabbed their tools and headed for an expedition in the Dani’s Dreams Outdoor Education Center’s archaeological dig to find authentic fossils that are hundreds of years old. The children also filed their reports, identified the fossils they uncovered, and created informational booklets on dinosaurs for future Dani’s Dreams visitors.
Here are some of the fossils Dani’s Dreams Team members discovered on their expedition. Go on your own digital dig for information about these specimens. Send us a comment on what you found!
fossil chart
So, who won the Dig It! fossil finding competition? Check out Dani’s Dreams Facebook Page for the results and more pictures.

Dig It Today!

dig it day 2014Head to Dani’s Dreams today, Sept. 23, 3:30-5 p.m. for an expedition dig and find an authentic fossil to take home!
Don’t forget to bring your quiz answers to share and place in the dinosaur story book.

Dig It! Quiz for Today – X Marks the Spot!

imgres-2Scientists have discovered many fossils in Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and Colorado. Two complete skulls of a new sauropod, the Abydosaurus, were recently discovered there. Other large plant eaters, such as Diplodocus, have been dug up there, as well as meat eaters that include Allosaurus.

Today’s Dig It Quiz Answer – The Job of a Paleontologist

imgresPaleontologists are scientists who study ancient plants, animals, such as dinosaurs, and the climate of the prehistoric past, search the Earth for fossils and other evidence of ancient life.

Don’t forget to come to Dani’s Dreams Sept. 23, 3:30-5 p.m. and join us on a special dig to find a fossil you will be able to take home!

Today’s Dig It! Answer

imgres-1In the early 1800s, when scientists first discovered Iguanodon bones, they thought the fossils were the remains of a super-sized lizard. But lizards, snakes and turtles are not that closely related to dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are a very distinct group of animals, even though they had scales and backbones like other reptiles.
Find out more facts about dinosaurs and go on a dig for fossils Sept. 23, 3:30-5 p.m. at Dani’s Dreams!

Today’s Dinosaur Quiz Answer

Dinosaur Quiz, Day 1:
brachiosaurusNTBrachiosaurus was a gigantic dinosaur. Scientists have estimated its weight at more than 28 tons (25 metric tons). Its neck and head stood up more than 40 feet (12 meters) in the air. The most complete skeletons found belong to animals not yet fully grown. So Brachiosaurus probably grew even longer and taller than we know. Source National Geographic Kids

Don’t forget to bring your answers to Dig It Day, Sept 23, 3:30-5 p.m. at Dani’s Dreams Outdoor Education Center!

Weird Little Animals – Check them out!


•  The jerboa is one of the smallest mammals in the world and is the smallest rodent. Adult females only weigh up to 3.75 grams.





smallest-animals4•  This little seahorse is the smallest in the world, reaching only a length of .54 inches and a height of .45 inches.

Weird Animal Facts – Day 1

weird-hands-helens-flying-frog-5-600x592Helen’s Flying Frog (left) – Check out those mitts! Their webbed hands are similar to those of Wallace’s flying frog, a slightly larger flying frog that can glide up to 50 feet (15 meters) from tree to tree in its jungle habitat of Malaysian Borneo. Flaps of skin on the forearms also help these frogs glide.weird-hands-aye-aye-1-600x400

The Aye-Aye (below) is probably the weirdest of all us primates, the aye-aye’s hands look certifiably villainous, with its long, bony, clawed Nosferatu fingers—especially that extra-long middle one. It uses that to tap-tap-tap on trees to detect hollow places in the bark where delicious insects might be. When it finds one, it bites through the wood and—yoink!—uses that wicked long finger to snap its prey.

* Facts from National Geographic’s website

Check back tomorrow for more weird animals and facts from Dani’s Dreams during VBS at Zion Lutheran School, New Palestine.


What I Learned At Dani’s Dreams…

Only two months until our biggest fundraiser of the year, Dani’s Dreams Memorial Walk/Run, Aug. 2 at New Palestine High School. Dani’s Dreams empowers kids to make a difference in the world while learning and sharing important information. Members of Troop 924 fill you in on their afternoon at Dani’s Dreams Outdoor Education Center. Learn about birds and the surrounding nature they observed.

Sign up today online for the walk/run that help Dani’s Dreams sponsor events like Troop 924’s Badge Day!