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  • naturepalexchangeNature Study in the North Tip 9: Let Them Touch, Let Them Take
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    Let them touch, this is a tricky one, of course you want to be safe and considerate. Always teach your kids about potentially dangerous plants and animals, but we don't want them to fear the natural world.
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    Let them take, within reason, of course. If it's a rare plant, we of course leave it. If it's growing in abundance, we may take some. Naturalists are passionate about nature, and to get that way, it's important to interact with it. Up close and personal!
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    Today we headed out to a local creek and did just that. My daughter found a "Fort" to hide in and play in. She spent a good deal of her time exploring the area all around the Fort she found.
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    She found and identified, without prompting, a few different kinds of Lichen, moss, seeds from a nearby tree and few different bird calls. She wanted to bring home some spruce tree needles, so she scooped up some from under this tree.
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    It was fun, while it lasted, but I want to be real with you, today was one of those days where I felt like giving up and never taking my kids on a hike again.
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    On the way to the creek one of them wanted to me carried, and didn't want to carry his pack and then on the way back the other was having a major screaming, meltdown for the whole walk back 😫 It was hard! Days like today always make me wonder if it's really worth it.
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    I always come back to the same answer... yes! It's totally worth it. I love getting out to explore the beauty this world has to offer, it's good for us, my kids really do enjoy it too AND the more I do it with them, the better we get at it. 🍁@themommyathome
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    #NPEtakeover #NatureStudyInTheNorth #ksquaredhouseoflearning

  • estherlpGreat points and I always come back to the same conclusion, YES! It's worth it😆
  • lifeinabarnI proud of you for just hiking in the snowy cold. I am such a whimp, we stop our nature hikes when it falls below 50 degrees. My fingers and toes cannot take it anymore...
  • themommyathomeHaha thanks @lifeinabarn!!! It's hard sometimes!! But if we didn't, we would spend half the year housebound 😫. We really are Canadian; We are more accustomed to the cold.
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