In this episode of At Home, Greta Eskridge leads the discussion on “Creating a Nature Group”. After getting questions about this topic from so many of our listeners, Greta was really excited about this episode.
She dives right in with a discussion about why nature study matters. And then we go on to discuss everything from the ideal number in a nature group, how to keep people invested in the group, and what our nature study days look like. We share a little bit about taking babies and little ones out on nature days, as well as some of our favorite nature day essentials.
There was so much material to cover in this episode, that we just scratched the surface. Be sure to look at the show notes for our nature day essentials, and for a special blog post next week with even more information about creating your own nature group.
We so hope this episode will inspire you to get out in nature with your kids, and your girl friends. Because, like Richard Louv says, “Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our chidlren’s health (and also, by the way, in our own).” Cheers to nature groups!
Our Nature Day Essentials
Favorite Lunch: pack a fresh baguette in your backpack, and some cheese and salami or turkey in a small cooler bag, and assemble sandwiches on the trail. Just rip off a hunk of bread, stuff some meat and cheese inside–no plates required! It will save you from making sandwiches ahead of time, and from soggy sandwiches. The best!
Favorite Backpack: Jansport Adobe Heritage series–perfect for packing that baguette!
Favorite Phone Carrier: running waist pack –great for easy access for lots of picture taking
Favorite Baby Carrier: Ergo baby carrier — I didn’t have an Ergo baby carrier until my last baby. Having him in that carrier made a tremendous difference to me on long hikes.
Favorite Tips for Hiking With Little Ones: 1. Get your little ones a small backpack and put a lightweight water bottle and favorite snack inside it. Get them used to carrying their own supplies when they hike. 2. Start with short hikes, in a place that feels safe and comfortable for all of you. Nature centers are great places to begin. As you all get better at hiking, you’ll be able to venture into wilder places and hike longer. But don’t be afraid to start small and grow into hiking.
Favorite Field Guides: foldable, laminated field guides like this one
Favorite Water Bottle: for ice cold water ( Worth carrying weight) Hydro Flask
Favorite Tools for Helping Kids on Hikes: I carry my 8 year old on my back or pull her in my all terrain wagon when her foot/leg brace hurts her – Ergo Carrier All terrain Wagon
Favorite Binoculars: like these
Favorite Nature Day Tip: Everyone carries their own backpack!
Favorite Water Bottle: Hydroflask
Favorite Field Guides: I like to get super local field guides for the areas we are visiting. I usually find them at nature centers.