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.
We use this term among ourselves to describe the content of our stickers and parts of our Field Guide content in our monthly trail packets. And every week on our Instagram account, we also like to share a follower's "super nature find" post.
We came up with this concept after revisiting Rachel Carson’s Sense of Wonder. In that book, Carson writes:
"Many children, perhaps because they themselves are small and closer to the ground than we, notice and delight in the small and inconspicuous. With this beginning, it is easy to share with them the beauties we usually miss because we look too hastily, seeing the whole and not its parts.”
As Carson implies, when we explore nature with our kids, they offer us an amazing gift too. Through their eyes, we can experience nature in fresh ways, and experience the joy of wonder again.
This is all to say that the concept of Super Nature Finds has never just been about the kids. It's also about sparking a bit more wonder for everyone.
Because don't we all need more wonder in our lives?
Celebrating a Year of Super Nature Finds
It's in this vein that we decided to make a new packet for the end of the year that we are calling Super Nature Finds Activity Packet.
We've been working on it for a while also making our regular monthly trail packets.
We are smitten with how it turned out because it reminds of all our favorite adventures this year.
We really wanted to create something that honors the ways that nature can continually amaze and spark wonder.
Every time we make a new packet, we get excited about the kinds of discoveries we're sharing - whether it's about spring trilliums, summer butterflies, fall fungi, or winter migratory birds.
The changing seasons are constantly inspiring us and getting us excited to getting outdoors again.
This activity packet comes with four different booklets thematically organized by season. We’ve also included two fun sticker sets highlighting some of our favorite nature finds throughout the year.
We’ve included information to reinforce learning and support curiosity, plus drawing and coloring activities, and a place in every booklet for extra note taking.
If you have been a regular subscriber with us, some of the material will look familiar, some of it new. All of it has been organized to highlight the changing seasons and the wonders of nature no matter what time of year.
Not from the Pacific Northwest? Good news! Here's what's different about this packet compared to what we typically produce every month.
It is designed to be enjoyed from wherever you live (no hiking in Portland required!).
BONUS - from Dec 26-Jan 1, these packets are on sale for 30% off with the checkoutcode: NEWYEAR.
Finally, as we look ahead to 2018, we wish your family many many Super Nature Finds to ignite wonder and remind us all to be joyful and curious!
Bryna R. Campbell