Each nature walk I have hosted over the past two years with Naturally Curious Nature Walks has always guided me back to the same conclusion: PLAY WILL ALWAYS PREVAIL. When I first began this program, I often offered guided nature walks with a specific theme that I advertised with a cute title or pun. If we were guided by the question, "What will we find under a rotting log?" and the children wanted to climb trees and smell the flowers that day, I would often feel a sense of disappointment or failure when a parent asked what they learned about decomposers at pick-up and the child looked at them perplexed.
As we began our sensory exploration, we took our usual trail to the "secret" park location we like to explore that the kids have named Bugville. However, on today's walk, the group explored with extra care and mindfulness. We made sure to take slow, quiet steps so we could hear and see all the park had to offer our senses.
An afternoon spent exploring nature is such a TREAT and, if you get to spend it with 11 curious naturalists, it's even BETTER! The first days of summer call all of our senses to attention. Biting into a fresh strawberry or smelling a new rose blossom can bring us such joy. This past nature exploration helped us focus on how our senses makes us FEEL. Can we use our time outdoors to make us feel better?
Let's toast to wintertime nature wandering, smiley cups of hot apple cider, nature journals, and tapping into our animal senses!