Reconnect with your sense of WONDER about nature!
Who? What? When? Where? Why?
* Who lives in this hole/tree/den/lake/puddle/river?
* What do those clouds look like? What might be some of that plant’s uses?
* When were these tracks left? When did Native Americans live here?
* Where might be the best place to sit to watch animals?
* Why? Why? Why? Why do YOU think the sky is blue?
* Using ALL of your senses, describe what you see, hear, feel, smell, taste around you – share different perspectives, learn what others observe.
* Imagine you are a bird/imagine you are an ant/imagine you were here 100 years ago/imagine you’ll be back in 50 years/what is it like?what do you see?
* Silent hike/silent sit/focus on the sounds you hear, both natural and human-made–draw a sound tapestry.
* The dust in aspen trees has an SPF of 4; female deer and elk eat the bark before they give birth because it contains vitamin K, a blood thickener.
* Porcupines don’t throw their quills, they spin their backsides around quickly and swing their prickly tails at their attackers.
* Yucca plants have a single, specific moth that pollinates them.
* Lightning CAN strike the same place twice – and does!
*One wild rose hip has more vitamin C than an orange.
*Beavers can chew down a 5-inch diameter willow in three minutes.
Deep Thoughts/Deep Questions
* How would life be different if we didn’t have nature?
* What do you love most about being outdoors? What do you like least?
* What do you think people will discover in your lifetime?
* What can you do to protect the environment? What do you already do?
* How can you teach your family and friends about the natural world?
* What was your best interaction with nature today?
* How are you connected with the natural world?
* Take a nap, rest, think, write, draw, play outside every day – how does that make you feel?
(Adapted from “Nature Assessment System” by Sanborn Western Camps, in Florissant, Colorado)
Photo credit: Noel Molland