When I was a kid, I always stayed inside when it rained. I played outside in the sunshine, under clouds, and in the snow, but rainy days were never seen as an invitation to go outside.
When I got a job working at a camp, we took the kids hiking in all types of weather, including rain on cold days. Since we lived in Ohio, and the kids had come prepared to spend a couple of nights, everyone had rain coats or ponchos. Rain drops bounced off the top of my head and dripped off of leaves. Alongside the trail, … Read more
Here are three steps that you can take so your kids can have positive animal encounters.
1. Research Options
First, find a location that will let you touch animals. You’ll have to do a little bit of research into the zoos, aquariums, nature centers, and maybe even pet stores that are near you. In my area I can go to the zoo and touch animals. The zoo has a petting zoo, and volunteers will also hold animals such as snakes and other reptiles throughout the zoo that visitors can touch.
There’s a nature center that has terrapins or sea … Read more
When I was a kid, one of my favorite animal encounters happened at a zoo in Indiana.
I was living in Ohio at the time, and we went to Indiana to visit some family members. All of us went to the zoo, there were dolphins at the zoo, and I loved marine life. I always have since I was young, and I was really excited to see the dolphin show.
We were in the stadium, and we were watching the show, and then they had some dolphins slide up onto the platform around their pool. A trainer said that they … Read more
I want to give you three steps for how to use binoculars with your kids.
1. Location, Location, Location
The first step is to choose a good location where you can watch animals. You’ll need to find a place where you can see trees or bushes or water or flowers because these are the types of natural objects that are going to attract animals to come to them. If you’re in the city and don’t have trees and bushes and water nearby, then you can look for places where animals might perch because a lot of birds will perch on … Read more