REI led hike at Muir beach was fun! Short 5.2 mile hike. Plenty of flora and fauna, met a quite a few new and interesting people. Megan, Victoria(I called her Kat 🤦🏾♂️) and Liam were awesome guides. Sticky monkey, sweat pea, thistle and poison oak(they explained how to spot it even tough I knew it already , pretty cool) were spotted in abundance! #rei#outdoorschool#hiking#wildflowers
You guys, our camping trip was a huge success! We played with sticks and rocks and dirt, hiked, ate s’mores, and SLEPT soundly in our tents under the trees. I never thought I would say this, but I wished we’d stayed longer. I’m feeling refreshed by the great outdoors and so so grateful for my little family. 🌲🌲🌲#getoutside#pnw
Tonight while I was working in the garden, I looked up and saw my shirtless, shoeless 5 year old completely fascinated with a squishy green caterpillar. I stopped. I smiled. I took a mental photo, then an actual photo. Time has already shown me how fast it flies, and I want to cherish every minute of these days when my children are small. The innocence, fun, curiosity and laughter. The days when they don’t have a care in the world except for watching a small caterpillar in the garden. This is childhood, and I love it. 🌺 🐛
I love this book. I love this book. I love this book.
Kate Messner has written several of my favorite books with nature themes. She’s popped up in my posts before. That’s because she has a masterful way of making nature information accessible to kids (and grown-ups). THE BRILLIANT DEEP is the story of how coral reefs are made and how a diver and lover of the ocean, Ken Nedimyer, rebuilt the reefs off Florida’s coast with some quick thinking and volunteers.
#matthewforsythe ’s illustrations are stunning and the matte pages make the story world feel luxurious.
#bravegrownspaces Day 15: Outdoor Explore. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay area of California. The weather there was mild, there were no mosquitoes, and we lived down the road from a bay full of exploration. I would find mussels, sea glass from an old glass factory across the bay, wild orange poppies and community blackberry bushes. I was so blessed to grow up there, and playing outside was my favorite thing to do.
Fast-forward to my life now in hot, humid Florida. It has it's challenges to get outdoors! But I make it happen almost everyday for my kids. Because they don't have my memories, so the differences in climates does not affect them. I like to think that our climate makes them strong and tough. .
And we find joy together in the beauty around us. We go on nature walks, visit local parks, and butterfly gardens. They dig and build and imagine in the little "forest" behind our home. They play with neighbor kids and ride bikes, and when they're done, they come inside and they have this special smell that is so wonderful...the smell of the great outdoors. ❤️
Hermoso tarde nos tocó para salir a recorrer los cerros en Mtb con el grupo Outdoors del colegio Bautista!! Harto barro, buenas subidas y bajando por senderos bastante técnicos
@zolkanoutdoors @226ers.chile @fenixlightschile @aminoproheal @bikesoulchile @equipoaventuratr
Er me gosh we’ve only been here since June and I’m already itching to go to @mustangislandstatepark.
We’ve sat still for 2 months and now it’s gotta be time to move right?! #wanderlust .
Anyone else done a lot of Texas State Parks? What’s your fave? 🤷♀️🤷♀️
Last week, ‘Swimming with Mathematicians/Swimming with Artists’ (2018-ongoing) took place along Hoodoos Trail. A project initiated by artist Diane Borsato, lead faculty of the Banff Centre Visual Arts Residency entitled ‘Outdoor School,’ with Amish Morrell and Tania Willard.
📷: courtesy the artist.
This Mute Swan is 1 of 21 swans that participate in the annual Stratford Swan Parade. As we admired the birds this week my children asked “why don’t we have these birds back in our river at home?” Of course I couldn’t leave the question unanswered so I looked it up. 🤓Turns out these particular swans are from Great Britain and Australia and several of these swans are descendants of the Great Queen Elizabeth the second’s flock. What made me stop and ponder was the fact that these birds wings are clipped at 10 days old so they do not fly away, this is to ensure they do not breed elsewhere as they are a non native bird to our country. 🤔 I am not entirely sure how I feel about this scenario...I mean they are beautiful to look at but I sort of feel like they are in a zoo with no cage. 💡What do you think ???
Oh how I love this book.
Eugenie Clark loved sharks as a little girl. This love stayed with her as she traveled through life and then became her life’s work.
Tip: If you are traveling through Canada, look for Shark Lady on giant displays in transit hubs country-wide.
Like the book I posted earlier this week about Mae Jemison, this story shows how the quirks and awesome interests that make us unique are what can help us live an incredible life. I feel like this is an important truth for kids to know as they work to embrace the parts of themselves that go “against the grain” or watch their friends embrace things that may differ from their likes and interests. What an incredible world it would be if we gave each other lots of space to be who they are without expectations.
Go play with sharks, friends. (As a metaphor.) @jesskeatingbooks @sourcebooks