Dad exploring nature with his baby. He is looking out over a mountain lake while baby sleeps in a front baby carrier

Mom’s guide to exploring nature with babies

One of the most precious things in a parent’s life is to have the opportunity to re-live the joy and wonder of childhood.  Did you know you’d be given this gift when you had your first child?  I didn’t know how much I would appreciate and enjoy this second chance.  Also, I didn’t know how easily I would forget and let this opportunity go to waste. Slowing down and exploring[…]

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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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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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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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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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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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