The Wonder of Winter...8 ways you can connect with nature in winter.

I'm so glad to be part of a group of people who value the nature connection as much as I do. I would like to share with you the second post from my new blog and hope you will let me know what you think of it. Thank you!
If you're feeling like we are at this time of the year...a little cooped up...then this is the perfect time to head outside and do some exploring. Here are 8 activities you can do to stay connected to nature in the colder months of the year.

Listen to the sounds of winter, and talk about how they are different from those you hear in summer.

Experiment with different food choices at your bird feeders. Try suet and different seeds or mixes. You can also make a bird feeder out of a pine cone stuffed with peanut butter and rolled in seed (switch to vegetable shortening if there are peanut allergies!).

Look at something from far away, and again close-up...maybe a pine tree, for example. Describe it from far away and then come close and look at the bark, the needles, and the cones. Talk about the details you may not have seen if you had only looked at it from afar.

Blow bubbles in winter and watch them freeze!

If you live where there's snow...make an obstacle course in the snow. Build hills, turns and paths in the snow to make a course and have the kids run it relay style. Use sleds to mark the turns or the end point. You can use colored water (a few drops of food coloring in a spray bottle with water) to spray some color onto the snow to mark the starting line, finish and turns.

Make ice cream with snow! Steve Spangler has a recipe at:

Examine a snowflake up-close! Chill a piece of black construction paper in your fridge or freezer and take it outside when it's snowing. Use it to catch snowflakes and then to look up-close at the different shapes they have (use a magnifying glass for an even closer look).

Follow animal tracks in the snow...either right in your yard, or head off to a local park or walking path.

I hope you have a great time exploring this winter!


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Comment by John Thielbahr on February 4, 2010 at 7:24pm
Hi Chris,
I am a member of C&NN's Grassroots Leadership Team and Strategic Alliance Development Team. In that capacity, I have a wonderful view of the many faces of this movement. I wanted to connect you with a kindred spirit, Margaret Rietano, who is helping me create a Natural Teachers Network at Rich's request. Margaret has formed The Elements, a group in Washington DC that works with schools to get kids outside in all kinds of weather, usually in an afterschool environment. Margaret has four kids and works with those schools in particular. I know she would enjoy hearing from you. She is a member of C&NN Connect but doesn't often participate so contact her at Very glad to have you part of the movement. John
Comment by Suz Lipman on February 3, 2010 at 5:55pm
Hi Chris! Thank you so much for posting this. Those are all spectacular ideas that are easy to do. It's so inspiring to see a list like this, with simple, concrete suggestions for enjoying nature right now. I want to do everything on it. Have you done the bubbles? Do they really freeze?

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