I admit that I’m a bit of a homebody, to put it mildly, but I will say that even for those of us who stay at home and explore our own backyards there is wonder and newness to be discovered EVERY SINGLE DAY! We don’t have to spend a fortune to travel to far-flung lands in order to have adventures, to see new life, or to wonder about things we don’t know. Right here in Rockford, Michigan there are amazing things to experience. All we need is a little wild patch of land.
Look up! There is a red-bellied woodpecker calling out and drilling holes. What are they eating? Who will nest in those holes when they get decomposed enough on the inside?
Look down! What the heck is that cool little curled up green and brown thing that is pushing up through the dead leaves? How did it know when to come up? What eats it? Are there more?
Look over there! That fallen tree is calling me to come walk on it. I love how my brain feels when I balance on logs. Speaking of logs, look how this one has amazing layers of striped mushrooms on it!
Look the other way now! Is that a hole in that tree? Maybe something lives in there! Oh, it’s got water in it. It feels so warm. I wonder if anything lives in this water?
Nature exploration is never ending. There is always more to experience.
We read the poop book before heading out and used it to notice some “scat” we found in our explorations.
I am an and outdoor educator with a master's in early childhood development. I taught elementary school for 20 years and now own Woods and Wetlands LLC, offering programs for local children to engage in nature study through play and exploration-based learning. My programs are all outdoors in whatever "wild" spaces are available. I live in Rockford, Michigan with my husband, dog, and three cats. My unique, therapeutic, one and a half hour programs help children to connect with the natural world and with themselves.
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