Finding Nature in Mississippi
Last week we went for a nature walk. Our June Nature walk. In September, we started a year project to take at least one nature walk every month for 12 months. I am not always great at completing long term goals. I tend to lose interest eventually. This is a big part of why I set mini-monthly goals for myself in January this year instead of one or two big goals. The little baby steps or things to focus on work better for me. My goal for June was to find a hiking spot to love in Mississippi. I have been doing a great job with my goals so far so I am bummed to admit that I have kind of failed here. We have found a few hiking spots in Mississippi (that I added to the bottom of this post in case you are curious) and we have gone on some awesome hikes this year (like this one in Georgia), but I haven't found anything like what we had just moments from our house in Wisconsin. On the other hand, we now live much closer to big beaches and I don't have to shovel in January so I am choosing to be okay with letting this one go.
Back to our nature walk. During this walk we were focused on flowers. My twins have been interested in flowers since our Spring planting adventures. We have been going to the monthly free kids event at the Mississippi Art Museum this year and in June we got there early to explore the gardens in front of the museum. In the back of my mind I had been planning on talking about the sculptures in the garden because our kids have been interested in building and art this month, but they focused on the flowers so that is where our walk took us.
The flowers are beautiful and especially at this time of year. Almost everything was in bloom and you start to feel like you are in a field of wild flowers until you look up and realize, wait - I'm in the middle of downtown Jackson.
At first we walked around. My daughter really likes to smell flowers so she had to sniff each kind. Then she asked to draw in her sketch book so I got them out and they both sat down to draw.
They talked as they drew about the parts of the flowers.
They noticed the colors and the differences.
I love hearing their insights. I think we will revisit the garden next month and see how the flowers have changed. Perhaps we will revisit their drawings as well. In the meantime, I am thinking about doing the following to extend their interest:
*make the sketch books available when we go outside in our garden and see if they feel inspired to draw again
*print pictures of the flowers and set up an invitation to paint
*make a copy of their sketch and see if they want to add color with colored pencils or watercolors
More Nature Spots in Mississippi
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science hiking trails
Clinton Nature Center trails
If you know of others I am missing, please leave me a comment or send me an email!
The Bambini Field Guide inspires simple adventures with young children.
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