Over the course of the last many months, both of us have moved with our individual families to new states, away from the familiar homes that we had gotten to know so well in the years leading up to this one. Dawn moved from coastal Nova Scotia to the high desert of northern New Mexico. Annie left a green acre in Vermont to settle into a second floor apartment in the Boston area, with a small yard backing up to the parking lot behind the local bagel shop. Nothing about our long distance moves changed our enthusiasm for nature, or for sharing it with our children. But as we began the process of settling into our new homes, it became clear that the way that we would go about finding experiences of nature to share with our families was going to be different. Dawn was no longer living a stone’s throw from the Atlantic. Annie was no longer living walking distance from the shores of one of the largest lakes in the U.S. We found ourselves collectively perplexed about how best to continue going about what we both loved doing so much when it was suddenly so different that we were used to.
And that, in some ways, was the beginning of this blog. Because as we find ourselves needing to be a bit more conscious of seeking experiences of the natural world to share with our own kids, we also find ourselves thinking more and more about how to help other families to do the same. How best to share what we’ve learned about finding nature in the unexpected corners of everyday life. To invite you along as we work to raise nature-literate children who regard the world around them with a sense of wonder and respect. To show you that a sense of adventure and a keen eye is all that needed to realize that indeed, in many ways, the natural world is just an odd human construct. Children are often the first to realize that there is only one world, and that we are all a part of it.
You’ll find that we have already added a handful of posts to help you get an idea of what you might discover when you visit here. We hope that you will join us in this space and become an active part of a community of families and educators working to provide the children in their lives with authentic experiences of nature. We want to see this blog be more than just ours. We want it to be a landing place; a virtual home for a community of like-minded nature lovers sharing resources, sightings, ideas, and questions. You’ll find links in the sidebar here that will allow you to find us on Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and more. We hope that you will, and that you will follow along as we hit the trail accompanied by cameras and kiddos, keeping an eye on all that nature has to offer us.
Welcome to Mud Puddles to Meteors!