What do our nature walks look like? I will use a walk from September as an example. This happens to be a favorite for kids and moms alike.
“We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his own degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the Marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things." Charlotte Mason
This park is so different from all of the other parks that we visit. There are Magnolia trees and large live oak trees ripe for climbing and exploring.
These trees were calling out for the children to climb and explore around them. There is a nice meadow for the children to runaround in and look at the local flora. IT is hard to find actually climbing trees in our area so when we do the kids make a bee line right to them. These two trees are perfect for little ones and older ones to climb on.
"Exploring, running, and foraging."
This time of year the mushrooms are plentiful and this park had quite a few varieties of mushrooms. Some of them were small and others were huge. One of the children found a huge shelf mushroom around one of the large oak trees and the children were all about looking, touching, and smelling it.
Hot, hot, hot
We did manage to get in a little boardwalk hike in. We stopped in the shady spots and drank water often. While it wasn't a long walk we did take it at the child's pace because everything we do is child-led. We did manage to find some birds, turtles and a small alligator in the lake. We headed back to the oak trees for more climbing and exploration before we said goodbye to our friends.
I wouldn't trade our adventures for anything.