Nature Study for the Whole Family

Author: Dodge, Laurel M.

Subjects: Environmental Science; Nature Study; Homeschool Curriculum

Pages: 184

ISBN: 978-0-88092-810-6

Order code: 8106

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

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Winner of a bronze medal for the Living Now Book Awards
Finalist, Book of the Year Awards

This book introduces the idea that all families, wherever they live, can explore their neighborhood and find a "wild spot" to study, allowing them to observe plants, animals, insects, and more, as well as the changing seasons. With wonderful illustrations and examples, Laurel Dodge discusses how to find places to explore, how to go at a pace appropriate for children to connect with what they see, how to record and identify what you find, how to cooperate with others, and how to develop nature study as an enriching part of family life.

Dodge writes with passion and sensitivity, sharing stories of her time in nature, both as a homeschooling mother and as a child herself, while also guiding others to simple ways to do the same. The book is at once a helpful guide and an illustrated journal of Dodge's experiences with the natural world, and it is filled with lovely sketches that she made as she studied the wild flora and fauna around her. It is an inspiring read, destined to become a favorite of anyone who has even a passing interest in how to get children out of the house and into the wider world of exploration and family togetherness.

Dodge writes in the book: “The nature lore that you discover with your children today may be passed down as a precious gift to your grandchildren in years to come…. The strongest influences on children’s lives are the actions and values of their families. A family that demonstrates its values by getting outside, getting moving, and getting engaged with nature teaches compassion, conservation, and curiosity with every step. It is up to you to show your family what you value."

Review: “Laurel Dodge loves nature as she does her children. What makes this book special is that the wonders of nature and the wonders of childhood are artfully intertwined. Laurel makes each experience in the wild a personal one, bringing readers along on the walk and making it all the more meaningful.”  – Lynn Hamlen, Executive Director, Darien Nature Center, CT

Laurel Dodge has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and anthropology and a master’s degree in environmental studies. As a naturalist/instructor, she developed and delivered wildlife education programs at the Darien Nature Center in Connecticut and the Prospect Park Wildlife Center in Brooklyn, New York. Specializing in creating opportunities for families to enjoy wildlife together, she led family nature study workshops for the Orange County Audubon Society in New York. Laurel is also a talented artist, specializing in natural history illustration.

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