|A few tools of the naturalist trade|
|NEVER poke a snake, especially an EMR--just saying!|
And, yes, we did grow up with Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnakes (EMR) and lived to tell the tail--so to speak. We knew the dangers and were careful. OK, we knew the dangers.
But in order to get kids outdoors and stay outdoors today, we need to have them out simply for adventure. Not for a specific study or learning purpose. They need unstructured time to make stick forts and eat lunch in them like explorers. OK, so explorers didn't have Kool Aid and chips, but by golly it helps add to that adventurous feel. Time outdoors for kids to collect things, dig for bones (been there--done that) and make fox traps (been there--done that and punished for it). It doesn't take much in the way of tools or cost much and the benefits are wild, crazy cool.
|Notebooks hold feasther, fur, skin, leaves, and small bones nicely.|
Kids (and us adults) need adventure without the push of a button or a beep of digital notes. Keep science pure and simple.
Keep it Holly Wild style and POKE IT WITH A STICK--politely!