Idyllic, picturesque, awe inspiring, sublime. The words running through my head as I gaze upon a pristine natural spring in the forest. Right up until I hear my sister-out-law say, “Y’all!!! I almost just stepped on a pygmy rattlesnake!!!!!” We snap out of, “yay! a weekend getaway at a beautiful spring cabin,” mode and into hyper responsible
Summer officially begins June 21. Get ready for the solstice by boosting your summer reading lists with 5 nature inspired books and “Further Fun” ideas to go with each! Research shows that connecting with nature in person, and through nature reading, writing, and art making helps build empathy. This is such an important ability
Summer is on its way, and blue skies abound! So why not make a nature journaling project inspired by them? In all my years of loving all things cyan, I recently discovered the cyanometer. What in the world is that you ask? Great question! It’s a historic device that measures the blue of the
I learned a new word this week – ekphrastic. It means: “Ekphrasis, or ecphrasis, comes from the Greek for the description of a work of art produced as a rhetorical exercise, often used in the adjectival form ekphrastic. It is a vivid, often dramatic, verbal description of a visual work of art, either real or
Happy Wonder Wednesday 75! We’re in the home stretch of 2018, and as the days of the year and the length of daylight dwindle here in the northern hemisphere, it can be tough to squeeze nature time into the daylight hours. So to help you fit some creative nature time into the day, I created
The new Nature Journal Prompt Cards for Children, Edition 2, are here!!!! These cards are seriously so cool I can hardly even believe it. The whole package (deck, box, pamphlet, print and paper quality, color saturation – everything) exceeded my own expectations, and I set high bars for myself! Each Deck Includes: 36 Prompt
Today, a respected colleague said how as teachers, it’s important to get students thinking about what they are doing rather than offering a “Just Add Water” experience. She said she appreciated how my approach to teaching was not “Just Add Water.” What a timely compliment in a world of quick fixes, sound bytes, and
The World of Wonder Conference in Chicago last week was simply fantastic! I got so much inspiration and so many ideas I can’t wait to share them here. It was also so wonder-ful to meet so many awesome people working everyday to keep humans and nature connected in so many unique, mindful, fun ways.
If you follow me on Instagram, You may be following along with the growth of my backyard Eastern Black Swallowtail caterpillars. I love to observe the life of the caterpillar and its metamorphosis into butterfly. It’s full of slow paced action (eating and pooping), mystery (when will they go into chrysalis), suspense (when will
Life is nature. Nature is life. Full of cycles and seasons, births, blooms, growth, high tides, storms, struggle, low tides, deaths, but a sunrise always follows a sunset. With every sunrise and moonrise, the cycle begins again. Each day offers get a chance to start fresh and try again. A new day is nature’s do-over.