Creating a Nature Group

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!

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Show Notes
Greta Eskridge:
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
Jennifer Dees:
A Charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levinson
Kristin Rogers:
At Home Podcast episode Hands On Nature

Our Nature Day Essentials

Greta Eskridge:
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

Kristin Rogers:
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

Brianne Busky: 
Favorite Nature Day Tip: Everyone carries their own backpack!

Jennifer Naraki:
Favorite Water Bottle: Hydroflask

Jennifer Dees: 
Favorite Field Guides: I like to get super local field guides for the areas we are visiting. I usually find them at nature centers.

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Ladies! Thanks for another enjoyable and inspiring podcast! I love listening to you all. I have been inspired to try and get my kids out in nature more often in the past 6 months, but it is a bit of an uphill battle (on my part). I tend toward being more careful, nervous, and non-adventurous. I am trying to break away from this, but it is not exactly easy. My kids are 7 and 9 and love tromping through the woods and climbing trees. I am learning to stay out of every detail and just let them be. Quick question- do any of you have nature phobias? I don’t know if mine is a phobia, but I have issues with worrying about ticks, poison ivy and snakes. Get rid of those, and I am good! Do you have any advice for dealing with these? Thanks! Keep podcasting, ladies! You are quite an inspiration!

    1. Thanks for all the kind words!

      I think you can easily get over those, or at least avoid them 🙂 Our group will avoid areas when its tick season, we are all really familiar with poison oak, us and our children, so we know can avoid it when its in places we visit. We also bring Lavender Oil to put on their skin if they happen to swipe it. As far as snakes, very few are actually dangerous in our area so we know what to look out for and would avoid an area if they’ve had a lot of siting. Other than that we tell the kids what to look out for and what areas to avoid. Hopefully if you educate yourself on those things that make you nervous it will ease your mind to know how to care for it, avoid it or or know its not much to fear 🙂 – Kristin

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