Naturalist Notes: January, 2017

Of all of the interactions between kids and nature that warm the heart and illustrate the importance of the natural world in our lives, children and snow are definitely high on the list. There is something about the beauty and serenity of snow that I find captivating, but for kids it’s pure play.

I had the pleasure of enjoying our last snow fall with my kids, and after watching it fall and playing in it for about three hours, I realized that the fact they were cold, wet, uncomfortable, tired, and hungry never crossed their minds. After dragging them inside and feeding them hot soup (which they ate outside on the porch), all they talked about was how much fun it was and what they were going to do when they got back outside! I know that copious amounts of snow can be inconvenient for us adults but the joy it brings to children makes it worthwhile. Be prepared: the predictions for this year’s season of fun (based on the El Niño/ La Niña cycles) show the potential for lots of snow. I look forward to being able to share the winter wonderland of a snow covered forest, frost-banked stream, and ice-covered pond with my own kids, the children that come for our after school program this month, and with any one else willing to step outside!

See you on the trails!

Marc Gussen, Naturalist

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