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.”
Let's talk about how kids explore the world around them.
It used to be that whenever we went hiking as a family, we were all "Go Go Go". Did having a kid stop us? No way! We'd strap him into a backpack carrier and head on our way no matter how long the trail. We were those people who'd brag about how far our kid hiked with us. Four miles, six miles… "oh, he’s good," we’d say!
Then...well, then he grew too big for us to carry him.
There was whining. There were fits. Sometimes he’d seem tired one moment and be running the next. Or he would do something that seemed designed to unnerve us.
One time, he just took off running in the direction of the trailhead as fast as he could. Another time he sat down on the trail and wouldn’t budge.
When we started Super Nature Adventures, we sent out a survey to families about hiking that revealed that our challenges were pretty much the norm. Lots of you shared stories about your kid rebelling while on the trail. As many of you noted, even if you are committed to getting outdoors, when kids revolt, going hiking with them can feel like a really big slog.
Bryna R. Campbell