Our nature walks are my favorite part of the week. It’s amazing to me how much the kids can learn by walking away from their school books. A couple years ago, it was enough for us to just go on a walk to see what we could see- to look at the flowers, and seeds and animals. Now that the kids are older, all of our walks come with tons and tons of questions. It’s not enough to see a bug- they want to know exactly what that bug is called, and what kind of a butterfly has black wings and what that animal is going to eat for dinner.
I love their curiosity, but I can’t tell the difference between trees or one crawling beetle from the next. I am learning, but I am SO grateful for the many field guides available here. (Did I tell you about how miserable it was to not be able to find a field guide for the german plants, birds and bugs? I couldn’t find any in English, and we never did figure out what many of the proper names were for our favorite nature walk finds)
Field Guides: Insects
Field Guides: Flowers
Field Guides: Trees
Field Guides: Seashells
Summer is ending, but don’t rule out Nature Studies yet! Fall is our favorite time of the year to get out to admire all nature has to offer. It’s a little cooler, but the leaves are changing, trees and plants are seeding, and there is so much life still to see before winter arrives!