During Screen-Free Week in April, we offer sunset nature walks to listen for frogs and owls, to look for spring wildflowers and to watch for woodcocks.
Things to Do:
Build a birdhouse
Picnic by the pond
--composting, indoors and out
--canning and drying foods
--bicycle repair and maintenance
--identifying trees, birds, flowers, beneficial insects, frogs, salamanders, snakes
Children need contact with the natural world. It’s an antidote to advertising and gives a different perspective on the universe.
In most of us there is a deep hunger for contact with the natural world. Everywhere people love to garden, to work with the soil, to touch plants and make things grow.
The natural world teaches many lessons but fewer children have access to them.
--from The Shelter of Each Other by Mary Pipher
The more real wealth we have--such as friends, skills, libraries, wilderness and afternoon naps--the less money we need in order to be happy.
I needed to learn how to fix things, and I became fascinated with living life directly and developing my skills and capacities and ingenuity rather than just earning more money.
-- from Affluenza by de Graaf, Wann and Naylor
-The Family Butterfly Book
--The Butterfly Book
--The Young Naturalist
--Exploring Nature with Children
--organic gardening books
--magnifiers of various types and strengths
--nets and containers
--DEC posters on turtles, frogs, salamanders, snakes etc.
--recordings of owl calls, frog calls