Nature Study & A New Discovery

Thursday, August 1, 2013

We were already so thankful for the beautiful woods right next to our house, but to top it all off, we just discovered a beautiful trail right across the street from us! I'm seriously giddy about this. I suppose I saw all the construction going on for the last few months, but I was oblivious to what they were actually building. It turns out they were carving out a trail through these beautiful woods! God is so very good to me :)

I love the outdoors, and nature study with my boys. I have to admit though that I don't love walking through our woods in the summer. I am often found screaming as I walk through a spider web, or wishing I had a machete to hack away at the brush. Um...I might be a little dramatic. To discover this gorgeous trail was such a gift!

I know this is just a muddy creak to some, but to my boys this is heaven :)

 I still can't believe this is across the street! Can you tell I'm excited!? No more driving to beautiful places. We can finally walk. Joy!

 We have had little rain in Missouri over the summer. We finally had a bunch of rain, so the trail was pretty muddy off the paved track. Aedan swears he saw a wolf when he took a walk with his dad the other day. We did see a coyote walk by our back door. We don't have wolves in these parts (or at least I hope.) My husband once took a picture of a track he found that a ranger said really was a wolf track. I'd rather not think about that!

 Silas decided he wanted to take his nature notebook with him. Aedan opted out today. Cubby, Silas's little friend, hitched a ride in his backpack.

With all the rain over the past few days, there were lots of worms to find.

 I think this is a tiger beetle. Some of them have 6 spots. Please correct me if I'm wrong. He was very happy to let us look at him, and take pictures. 

 Now if this isn't a reason to homeschool, I don't know what is :)

 Silas brought The Nature Connection with him. Notice he wrote "wolf" on his items he saw.

 Silas drew his picture of the tiger beetle.

I even try to join them sometimes. I obviously didn't get my kid's drawing ability, but it's still so fun. I highly recommend reading Drawn to Nature: Through the Journals of Clare Walker Leslie. I love that she takes the pressure off of you thinking that your drawings need to be perfect. It's a good thing to practice as adults. See you next time!


  1. I am totally jealous of your beautiful wooded area being so close. It looks like a great nature walk!

  2. I am so, sooo thankful! Our old neighborhood was the worst, and wasn't really even safe enough to go for a walk. We used to have to drive to do nature study. I still can't believe it :)

  3. Wow! I have to whisper being a little jealous. We have to drive and it makes it hard to do.

    Enjoy God's provisions of nature!!

  4. It really is hard to do if you have to drive. I totally feel your pain :(


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