Anyone who wants to have an impact on keeping a healthy natural world can begin at home by introducing young children or grandchildren to the outdoors. This a gift that lasts a lifetime, but costs nothing except time shared outside in nature.
I was looking at our conservation nature center lists of events and noticed “Babes in the Woods,” a program for adults with children up to 2 years of age. The program was developed by one of our volunteer naturalists more than a decade ago. Lots of research has shown the importance of early experiences on our attitudes and interests as adults, so it makes sense that if we want our children to value the natural world, we need to start when they’re young. Our nature centers schedule programs mostly from spring through early autumn.
For those who aren’t near our nature centers, here are some of the key ideas you can put into action on your own short walks with a toddler, with trees as an example highlight.
A few safety tips so the walk is a success: