We have so much to discover all around us. We are lucky to have a creekside nature trail in our neighborhood that leads to a lake, and we have some forest around us too, so we get to see wildlife regularly. We had to come to a complete stop in the road on the way home from the grocery store the other day as a wild turkey took her time walking across the road in front of us (and stepped right into the creek!) We pulled over, rolled the window down, and listened to her warbling and splashing her feet in the water. The kids all drew her in their nature journals that night, and they all told me to start keeping my camera in the car. We see beavers everywhere, almost every day, and during certain times of the year, we see deer near our yard. It is so fun to walk right out into the backyard with nature journals in hand and easily find something interesting to study.
A good, kid-friendly book on backyard nature was recently added to our shelves:
One Small Square: Backyard is packed full of facts, information, and activities. For a small picture book- style book, it is really a thorough backyard field guide, covering everything from fungi and bacteria to seeds and plants, rocks, insects, and birds and mammals. Now we are ready to see what else we can find when we step outside.