As you try not to blow away in all this crazy weather we’ve been having (in like a lion, right?), I wanted to share a few pieces of information. First, for those of you who are new to the group, I am excited that you’re here! I hope you can join us for our March 18th hike at Mt. Marty Park. More details about the event can be found on the Events page on our website. Even if you’re busy in March, we’ve got dates on the calendar through June…I hope you’ll be able to put at least one of them on your calendar! Note: Please go ahead and click the button to sign up for the event – it takes about 30 seconds – and that way I know to watch for you before we head off into the woods!
Second, some of the most-loved children’s books at our house happen to incorporate nature. Because of that, my kids get a real kick out of seeing their favorite book characters experiencing the same kind of outdoor fun we have too. Sometimes we even get inspired to try something new based on what happens in the books. As a bonus, most of these are available for free through the library system:
- Ladybug Girl and Bingo by Jacky Davis and David Soman (most in this series have a nature/outdoor element to them)
- Into the Outdoors by Susan Gal
- Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft
- Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
- Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
- Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell
- Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon
The above list is just a start and are adored by my 3-year-old, who even requested to dress up as Ladybug Girl for Halloween last year despite a deep and profound love for princesses Anna and Elsa. As fair warning for those of you with very young children, my almost-two year old enjoys the books too, but we primarily talk about what is happening in the pictures instead of reading the words. The text can get a bit long for him in some on the above list. If you’d like more nature-based children’s book inspiration, other lists can be found at:
Lastly, one of my current favorite websites is Green Acorns and their “Noticing Nature” monthly nature prompts. They’re a great resource to gather ideas to help your kids connect with nature when you’re outdoors, and her photos are pretty outstanding too.
Hope to see you out on the trail soon!