Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Nature 365

Flora and fauna abound in our little corner of the world. We live in a park after all!

This past spring PapaBear and I took turns recording the flowers that were blooming along the trails in the park, like this columbine that grows under the power lines way out in the woods.

We're not creating your ordinary nature journal though. I call it Nature 365. This recipe box holds 365 notecards - each with the month and day written in the upper right hand corner.

When we see something, like new leaves on the trees, we write the year on one line and then the observation. It's hard to read, but the card in the picture reads "2009 - Eagle over picnic shelter" One card will hold at least a decade of observations specific to one particular day of the year.

It is our goal to be able to look back and see the trends in when the ice goes out on the lake, when the grass turns green, when the flowers bloom, what animals live in the park (and where).... I think it will be a great keepsake to look back on our time here and have a record of all the things we've seen.

We also want the kids to learn to value the environment and really see what's around them, like this cool vine that is along one of our trails.

What projects has your family done to instill a love of the outdoors in your children?



Erin July 28, 2009 at 12:56 PM  

Wow thats a great idea! I am sure it takes some time but will be very much worth it!

Cilla July 28, 2009 at 2:15 PM  

I love that idea!! I might just have to try that! ... i love the little box you've got the cards in too!

CFMama July 28, 2009 at 8:22 PM  

Sounds fun. What a cute idea, maybe I will give it a try.

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom July 28, 2009 at 10:16 PM  

That is a FABULOUS idea! I'll have to tell my parents about it too--they record things on a calendar right now, and this would be perfect.

Abby July 28, 2009 at 10:17 PM  

I love this idea too!

Amanda July 28, 2009 at 10:47 PM  

That is amazing!! I wish I could be organized enough to follow through with amazingly thoughtful ideas like that, but I just start them and then forget them.

HOw fascinating though!


Anonymous July 28, 2009 at 10:49 PM  

So wonderful! What a great thing for you and your family. Love it!

Jessica July 31, 2009 at 9:42 AM  

I love it! What a great idea! You and your family are so incredibly lucky to be living in the park, even with the challanges that it presents it also offers SO many great experiences! I love the glimpses into your life that you share!

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