Go Play in Dirt, because Nature Rocks
This weekend, I transplanted some plants, planted some new succulents in tiny indoor planters, and started growing some herbs on my windowsill. I did this all in an hour.
My city kid didn’t want to help out. But, he still saw me modeling good nature behavior, right? Well, I didn’t do it for him, I did it for me, because I love to run my fingers through dirt. And, when the trees are bursting with greenery outside, my indoor environs just get jealous.
So, today when I learned about the new site, Nature Rocks, I was extra excited and suggest you bookmark it right now. It’s brought to you by some of the nation’s leaders in bringing families and nature together – The Nature Conservancy (the world’s largest environmental nonprofit), The Children & Nature Network, REI and ecoAmerica.
Not only does Nature Rocks have a great “Nature Staycation Guide,” there’s a useful activity suggestion tool to help you find ideas for you and your kids. It’s coded so that you can find fun ways to enjoy nature with the youngest and oldest (even teenagers) of your children. Or, type in your zip code and, BAM, you have a list of nearby green sites to visit, hike or lay camp.
If this is your type of activity, consider investing in I Love Dirt!.
I keep it in my nightstand drawer to inspire me before I drift off to sleep. Next on the family agenda is one of the book’s suggestions: build a “butterfly cafe” by planting the flowers that butterflies rely upon as food. That means butterflies on our terrace. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.
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Published May 27, 2009. Last updated September 27, 2018.