It may be darker out, and the days may be shorter, but don’t be fooled. Winter is a great time to go on a family hike.
It’s a beautiful time of year to explore how the wet weather transforms different habitats. By this time of year, it’s all about the mighty evergreen. This winter time invites the urge to collect pine cone for crafting, jump in muddle puddles, and indulge in a post-hike hot chocolate & cookie break.
Kids also tend to feel cooped up this time of year. As much as we wish it weren’t so, they also feel our end-of-year stress. Thus hiking as a family helps everyone feel a little more calm, and helps kids get their wiggles out.
Here are a few reminders about hiking with kids in the winter to help you out:
This week marks our one year anniversary since we launched Super Nature Adventures. We want to take this moment to say thank you! When we came up with the idea for Super Nature Adventures, we had no idea if our particular vision for kids’ nature materials would resonate.
In an app-filled world of games and ironic memes, we felt like we were taking a bit of a risk in crafting tactile, hands-on materials that openly embraced that infectious sense wonder that kids have in the natural world, and the silly sense of humor that adults tend to be “too mature” to appreciate. It brings us so much joy to see kids connecting to nature through the materials we create.
GUEST POST NOTE: This week's blog post comes from guest author Michael Barton.
Recently my daughter spent some time with worms. Slithery, slimy, earthworms. It was a nature connection moment that made her day. But she also made the day for several worms, too. Moved from certain shriveling to refreshingly moist dirt, these worms lives, spent working the soil, would continue thanks to a curious young girl.
At 5, my daughter remains charmed by the simplest of things: getting up close to minibeasts (a British word for bugs!), climbing trees, jumping off of rocks or stumps, noticing when our resident hummingbirds zip across our yard toward the feeder, pointing out the hoard of crows that make their presence known in the evening - the list could go on.
January is a great time for new beginnings, whether you are a "Resolutions" person or not. The fact that it's a New Year makes it a good time for reflection and starting anew.
This January, as you begin to set your intentions for 2018, we hope that more time in nature with family is one of your goals.
If you’ve been following us for a while you are probably familiar with our idea of Super Nature Finds. A "Super Nature Find" is what we like to call of those intimate wonders out in nature that we might have missed if we didn't take the time to slow down.
It could be almost anything in nature, really...
A spring flower bud. A mushroom.
A spider web. A honey bee.
A leaf as it starts to turn colors. The lichen on the bark of a tree.
The moss that returns on the sidewalk when the rains begin in the fall.
Have you ever heard the phrase “Nature Intelligence” and wondered what it means? In the simplest terms, Nature Intelligence is a phrase that is often used to refer to a keener awareness of the natural world. Another useful way of thinking of the concept is “nature smarts.”
Have you been thinking about getting outside for a family adventure? Here are five reasons Fall is a great time for family nature exploring in the Pacific Northwest!
Rain brings new life to the outdoors!
Sometimes we all get a little cranky when the rain returns in the Pacific Northwest. But remember, when the rain returns, so does so much else! Moss returns, fungi grow, and creatures awaiting cooler days come out again. This is a great time of the year to explore new growth in the forests.
While there’s a lot we still don’t know about the Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia River Gorge, one thing we can say for certain is that the Gorge will look different afterwards. Fires always bring change - both the immediate kind and the kind that will take place over many many years .
This raises the question for us as parents: How we talk about this change with our kids?
First, it's helpful to remember that kids - especially kids ages 6 and under - don’t have the same sense of time as we do. The passage of years so critical to our self awareness doesn’t really click with them yet. Nor do kids have the deep well of memories that can engender strong emotions of nostalgia or loss in connection to events like the Gorge wildfire. Rather, kids naturally tend to be forward-looking because their life is still at its beginning. Their thoughts tend to be on what comes next.
Hip hip hurray! It’s officially the Summer Season! Do you have an outdoor adventure (or two or three) planned? Whether it’s camping, hiking, or just hanging out at a park, we’ve got you covered with a few tips and reminders before you head out.
Bryna R. Campbell