a kids book about spring open to a page of verse and illustration of a little girl gardening

Nature Reading: Kids Books about Spring and Gardening

When does that gardening itch begin for you?  For me, it’s in the coldest of winter, when the snow is falling, and when I haven’t seen the dirt for months.  That’s when I start thinking about seeds and flowers, about bees, and fresh strawberries. We’ve been exploring our library’s shelves for kids books about spring and gardening lately.  Below is a collection of notable books we’ve enjoyed on the subject[…]

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Connect your family to nature: Man, woman, and two children standing together with Mt. Taranaki of New Zealand in the background. text reads making nature connections, one family's story

What Connects Your Family to Nature? | A Story Shared

You don’t have to be an outdoor adventurer to connect your family to nature, but it sure helps!  Do you take your family trekking through the woods and let them sleep under the stars? In this addition to Take Them Outside’s Connecting to Nature Series, Mark shares how a childhood of outdoor adventure has inspired him to share his love of nature with his own children. (I’ve included some affiliate[…]

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small hands pointing to yellow fallen leaves on a brick sidewalk... helping kids connect with nature in the city.

5 Fantastic Ways to Connect With Nature in the Big City

A major benefit of living in the city is that you have access to just about anything 24/7. You can order pizza, dash to a pharmacy or swing by the grocery store at almost any hour of any day. However, one thing the city lacks in abundance is evidence of nature. Considering this, how do you teach your kids the importance and beauty of nature when they don’t see it[…]

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A Return to Nature with Homesteading | Gardening and Wellbeing

How self-sustainable is your lifestyle?  Do you sew?  Grow food?  Can you make simple mechanical repairs or attend to minor health concerns?  There’s a growing trend these days to return to the land and a simpler life, connecting to nature with homesteading.  And whether or not you live in the country or in the city, there are elements of returning to nature and homesteading that anyone can incorporate in their[…]

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close up of shoes with a rocky lake's shore line in the distance... a feeling of connecting with nature

Connecting with Nature : A Series of Stories

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.” John Muir John was a fierce advocate for our natural places.  He loved nature and shared his experiences in hopes of inspiring others to follow his footsteps out of busy lives and onto the trails.  For generations and spanning cultures, spirit and[…]

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A dad and 3 kids on a family hike in the mountain alpine of Jasper National Park, Canada

Becoming an outdoor family with Take Them Outside

I don’t get my kids outside everyday.  I might want to take them outside and they won’t go.  Or, maybe it’s cold and I don’t want to go outside either.  Am I a hypocrite?  Sometimes the kids just say “no” even if I’m standing at the door dressed and ready for adventure.  I can’t force them, can I?  Do you?  What’s the big secret?  How do we make our family[…]

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two girls hiking on a wooded trail one carrying a large stick

10 tips to get your kids outside (because it’s not always easy)

We hear it all the time “kids need less screen time, more outside time”.  Intentions aside, in today’s world of social fears, urban living, and over-scheduled lives, it’s hard to get your kids outside.  It’s hard to get ourselves outside!  We don’t need more lectures on why kids need outdoor time.  Instead we need practical solutions on getting them out.

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Learn how to get kids excited and interested in nature with indoor birdwatching

Invite Learning & Curiosity with Indoor Birdwatching

Do you have a little bird-lover in your family?  Want a fun way to nourish that interest?  Well, we have a bird enthusiast in our family and I’m going to share with you how we set up an indoor birdwatching station so our daughter could enjoy the birds even when she was inside the house. This indoor bird watching station is one of many indoor nature activity ideas.  Sometimes kids[…]

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How to make these cute and easy valentine's day nature craft cards with dried leaves

Cute and Easy Valentine’s Day Nature Craft

Do you or your littles enjoy collecting leaves?  Do your children like to make their own Valentine’s Day cards?  Here’s an easy Valentine’s Day nature craft card which will combine both activities! (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase through my link I receive a small commission at no added cost to you. I only recommend stuff I use and enjoy. See my policy[…]

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