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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Inspiring a Love of Nature

There are so many people who love nature who are working to preserve it.  So many people....but don't we all love nature?  After all, we are part of nature ourselves.  So this is a job for all of us!

This spring we are planning a butterfly garden at our elementary school.  As part of an artist in residency program, we will be able to work with a muralist who will help the children create an educational mural that reflects what they see in the garden.  It will be a way to draw them outside more often and a way for them to learn to love what they find there.

In today's technological world, this is becoming more important than ever.  There is so much to be gained from nature.  The impact of instilling a love of nature in a child is priceless.  Children sharing this inspiration with parents and grandparents and whole communities is even better.

In life, there often seem to be two sides at odds with each other, whether it be in government, religion or when the environment is at stake.  We are often at odds without knowing how close we all are to the same thing...how we are all the same inside.  Let's all come together.....perhaps in the garden!

2 comments:

  1. Awesome Kate! I hope you plant at least three Butterfly Plants and put a birdbath out there. I would love to come and help you if there is a time that works for us. Since I have made my whole front yard into a Flower Garden, it has brought me so much joy and I look forward to putting the final touches on it this Spring. A Garden brings you to a place of joy and peace that the Children will love at your school. What a gift!

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  2. Kate, I just spent a year living in a garage in the woods with my little family. Nature was right there for us. One whole wall of our home could be opened up to the trees, the air, and the sun and moon... I have to be outside as much as I can now. I am reading Tom Brown Jr.'s book, Grandfather, right now - you should check it out. We are all connected to the world...
    Do you know the children's book, I am a Bunny? "I chase the butterflies and the butterflies chase me."
    Keep writing!
    ~David

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