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The Tonic of Wildness


As parents, it is important for us to teach our kids to value, cherish, and protect the land that we have been given. Being responsible stewards of the earth is crucial, not just for our own lives but also for the lives of our grandchildren and their grandchildren.

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” – Henry David Thoreau (in his…
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The Hunt for Wild Asparagus


It was a sunny but chilly day and few of us made it back dry but the memories were indelible and we spent the afternoon eating grilled fresh asparagus and swapping tall tales of our exploits.

“Dress warmly and wear something you don’t mind getting wet,” my dad said one morning. My dad was taking us hunting for the wild asparagus. I had read a bit about asparagus and I had eaten asparagus but hunting for asparagus was a new experience. The memory of hunting it is one I won’t ever…
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Water, Water, Everywhere


Teach your kids that it matters where things like water come from and where they go after you are done with them and that every step along the way matters too.

Do you ever wonder where the rain goes once it rolls off of you roof? As our knowledge of our natural systems increases, the interconnectivity of our natural resources becomes more apparent which reveals the importance of this interconnectivity. Water is one of the building blocks of life. We need drinking water to stay alive…
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The Call of the Wild: Teaching Kids to Love Nature


The more frequently nature is referenced in conversation and daily life, the more likely the value of nature will be imprinted on the minds and hearts of your children.

In many Native American tribes, an important rite of passage for boys on the brink of manhood was the “vision quest.” The boy would travel into the wilderness by himself and would spend his time fasting and seeking the vision that would reveal to him the purpose of his life. When he returned to the…
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