Tips for exposing children to nature
1. Maintain a birdbath.
2. Find a scrap board and place it on bare dirt. After a day or two, lift the board and see how many species have found shelter there. Identify these creatures with the help of a field guide. Return to this universe as often as you’d like and discover who's new.
3. Make a leaf collection. Keep a terrarium or aquarium.
4. Visit your local park.
5. Encourage your kids to go camping in the backyard.
6. Establish a "green hour" — time for unstructured play and interaction with the natural world — as a new family tradition. Even 15 minutes is a good start.
7. Whenever possible, encourage independent exploration, letting kids go farther from home as they get older.
8. Encourage your kids to build a treehouse, fort or hut. You can provide the raw materials, but it's best if kids take the lead.
9. Plant a garden. If your children are little, choose seeds large enough for them to handle and that mature quickly, including vegetables.
10. Collect stones. Adults could benefit from the same activities!
For more information: www.artsofnature.org, www.santafemountainkids.com, www.journey.schoolsf.org/