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5 Ways to Learn About: Butterflies

5 Ways to Learn About: Butterflies 0

In honor of "Learn About Butterflies Day" we have come up with 5 fun ways to help you learn about butterflies and get your kids engaged in and excited about these beautiful creatures. 

Butterflies aren’t just pretty to look at. They play an integral role in our eco-system. If we don’t remember this and teach our kids about them, we won’t have them around to do their jobs.

Gifts for Young Naturalists

Gifts for Young Naturalists 0

The holiday season is upon us, which means kids are anxiously awaiting gifts. We’ve put together a list of ideas that will inspire your children to play and explore outside, providing experiences that last a lot longer than the newest trendy toy.

  1. Digital Camera: There are a lot of inexpensive and durable digital cameras on the market now and it’s a great way to get kids to see nature from a new, thoughtful perspective.
  2. Nature and Wildlife Books: These books broaden the world for the reader. They take you on an adventure to new places and introduce new animal and plant species, while evoking imagination, emotion and empathy. Nature and wildlife books, the photographs within them, inspire young people to learn more, see more, and do more. 
  3. Bicycle or balance bike: There’s nothing better than riding a bike, except maybe finding one under the Christmas tree. We recommend shopping at bike, which operates Trips for Kids a non-profit that provides bikes and trips for young people, especially those in needy communities. 
October is for Ring-Tailed Lemurs

October is for Ring-Tailed Lemurs 0

For many of us, the new cycle of the year begins with the first day of school. Fall functions as the welcome to the new rhythm of the year; so it’s nice to witness other new beginnings at this time. Typically fall brings with it a reprieve of the summer heat and leaves begin to color red and yellow, so it is nice to see new life spring forward. It's during this early fall that ring-tailed Lemurs welcome their babies to the world. Newborns cling to their mother’s bellies until they are confident enough to climb onto her back, where they will spend the majority of their first few months before observing survival lessons modeled by their mother. Although they breastfeed for 4 to 6 months, they do begin to climb and look for solid food with mama at about 6 weeks. Lemurs live in troops, groups that can be as small as 3 or as large as 27 lemurs, and are ruled by females. When the male offspring mature they will venture off to find a new troop, but females will typically stay with the troop that they were born into.

Here are some great ways to incorporate lemur creativity into your fall season. 

Inspiring Kids to Connect with Nature

Inspiring Kids to Connect with Nature 0

Along with your anticipation of baby’s arrival comes the exciting task of decorating the nursery.  The choice of bedding, wall decor and even books don’t just make the nursery aesthetically pleasing, they can also help to shape your new baby into the adult you hope she becomes.  Of course, it’s not as simple as that! The physical environment of your baby’s nursery is only one aspect of raising a kind, compassionate person.  Experiences matter even more.  Do you read together? Go on adventures? Spend time outdoors?