When we moved from Massachusetts to California, we trading in our unbelievable half acre backing up onto woods yard for a concrete patio. It has been a big adjustment, and one of the ways the kids and I are coping is by starting a new tradition. Every Friday, we go find some open space where we explore. They don’t have homework on Fridays (thank you, teachers!!!), so we can enjoy our afternoon without any worries.
California has some wonderful national parks that I want to explore with my kids, but in the meantime we have discovered that there are some open park spaces left, even in crowded Silicon Valley. The kids love having space to run around, and they explore the trees, which are very different from those we had in Massachusetts.
On one recent outing, we even saw a tree suddenly topple over – thankfully not one we were standing next to! We walked over to look at it, and as I suspected, its roots had been eaten away by termites. Poor tree!
Do you live in an urban area? How do you find ways to connect your children to nature? If you live in Silicon Valley and know of a place we should visit, please let me know!This post is part of Timberdoodle’s outdoor learning blog hop. Share your links below.
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