I used to work for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as a naturalist and public information specialist. Basically, I taught people about nature and had the luxury of being developing educational nature programs. I really enjoyed thinking up new ways to explain nature to people. So, given that history and the book, I thought why not develop something else for you to use in the field?
This lead me to thinking about what parents ask me the most, “How do I to get my kids engaged in nature?”
Well, I’m pretty frugal so there is not a lot of fancy equipment to buy, one of the easiest ways I’ve found to get kids involved or engaged in exploring nature is to have them become the naturalist.
We (us know-it-all adults) spend so much time naming everything.
It’s like a compulsion.
It’s a wee bit rude.
Imagine if you went into a new world and were looking at an enormous structure growing out of the ground. And, I came up to you and wouldn’t shut up about it. It’d be quite the wet blanket on your sense of discovery.
Don’t be the wet blanket on your child’s sense of discovery. Resist the urge to prove you know it all!
Let your child be the leader. Let them be the biologist discovering new creatures, new plants, and new lands. Sit back and let your child discover on their own.
Here are ways to encourage your child:
Please share with your peeps!