The deep waterfall at Athabasca Falls in Jasper National Park

Jasper in 2 days, a fun-filled family itinerary

You’ve planned a trip to Jasper this summer…. but you’ll only be here for a few days. How do you decide what to do?  This can be a hard decision as there are so many great sites and activities to do in Jasper National Park.  But if you’re ready for a fun-filled two days, this is what I suggest. This itinerary has been created with family travel in mind.  These are kid[…]

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How to conquer backyard toy mess and kids' boredom with this outdoor toy rotation system.

Outdoor toy storage and rotation, the key to more backyard fun!

Do you need some tips on outdoor toy storage? Does your backyard sometimes look like a junk yard?  Balls, ropes, toys, and random stuff hide the grass.  And yet, the kids still complain there’s nothing to do outside. I’ve been there.  I hate it.  And if you’re like me you like to look out onto the yard and see kids enjoying themselves.  You want to see the green grass and[…]

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a family sitting on a wooden park bench in a public park

How to make any vacation a nature vacation

Have you ever specifically planned to take a nature vacation?  Do you intentionally include nature appreciation when you’re on vacation? According to Becki, in this latest edition of the nature connections series, you can find and appreciate nature at all destinations whether you’re visiting the beach or the big city.   How to fit nature into your family vacation by Becki Svare Hey there!  I’m Becki Svare and I blog[…]

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various hiking snacks laid out on a wooden table

Easy and healthy hiking snacks kids will love!

What do you pack to eat when you’re heading out on the trail?  Does your family have any favorite hiking snacks?  Or, perhaps you’re new at this family hiking stuff and you’re looking for a few suggestions. Below you’ll find a whole bunch of suggestions.  Many of the following snacks are relatively healthy and easy options, most of which you can pick up at the local grocery or make in[…]

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Boy reaching up the trunk of a curved tree in a wooded area

Homeschool and nature connections | a mom interview

Homeschooling, wildscholling, unschooling, forest schools, play-based learning, nature emersion, living books, nature study, loose parts, Montessori, Charlotte Mason, and on and on and on… Do these terms mean anything to you?  I’ve been coming across them a lot lately… maybe I’ve been spending too much time reading child development books and surfing the facebook feed.  There’s a movement to bring more nature into our children’s lives and lessen our control[…]

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a clipboard holding a nature scavenger hunt sitting on the ground against a log

Play outside with nature scavenger hunt printables

Want some fun and easy ways to get your family outside having fun?  Have you ever done a nature scavenger hunt?  Are you looking for some nature scavenger hunt printables? The first time I tried a scavenger hunt with my kids I scribbled down some things for them to find on a recycled receipt, gave them a used bag and sent them on their way.  I had no idea they[…]

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naked baby outside on the beach

Making connections between sensory development, nature, and babies

Experts tell us that babies need sensory stimulation for proper sensory development as they grow.  For new parents, knowing which stimulation is best can be difficult.  With every book you read, documentary you watch, or auntie you ask, the question of what’s the best baby stimulation seems harder and harder to answer.   This post offers simple advice to put you on the right track.

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Gardening with kids: grow excitement, flowers, and carrots too!

6 Tips to Make Gardening with Preschoolers Fun!

No child is too young to play in the garden.  Not only will early exploration of the garden instill an interest in the growing world, help build stronger bodies and minds, but it could also lead to some yummy meals of roasted carrots and strawberry shortcake in years to come.  So, how do you cultivate your child’s inner gardener to grow?  It’s easy!  You only need to provide some garden[…]

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queen ann's lace in seed from an article about gardening and wellbeing

Gardening and Wellbeing | A Love-Seed Story

Seeds are powerful. They are tiny and tough, resilient and creative, potent and productive. As I rummage and sort through my seed collection, I am touched by the story of each seed…. The story of garden seeds is inextricable from the human story, and stories are powerful. ~ Lorrie Shoettler Your connection to nature is personal.  It is unique.  Whatever that relationship looks like will not look the same for[…]

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