Being a Naturalist in the Life of a Child
Presented as a home gathering, brown bag lunch, or short workshop
For information, or to schedule a presentation, contact the Center:
503-227-2315 or email@example.com.
This presentation explores an exciting ongoing role, Being a Naturalist in the Life of a Child. The relationship can be daily (parent or neighbor), episodic (grandparent), or distant (relative). The role requires no pre-existing knowledge of nature or biology.
As an antidote to significant modern influences that disconnect children from a sensory experience in nature, the adult naturalist amplifies and nurtures a child’s natural sense of wonder and curiosity. The benefits to both adult and child are countless, and the bonding around a shared interest in the natural world can be one of the most enriching and memorable dimensions of life for both of them.
To explore this role with friends, a host schedules a Center presentation in any of three convenient formats:
- A home gathering (1 ½ hours),
- A brown bag lunch at work (1 hour),
- Or a short workshop (2 hours).
Books for adults: the role of naturalist in the life of a child
- Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
- Sharing Nature with Children by Joseph Cornell
- Wild Play: Parenting Adventures in the Great Outdoors by David Sobel
- Closer to the Ground – An outdoor family’s year on the water, in the woods, at the table by Dylan Tomine
- Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature by Jon Anderson
- Wild in the City by Mike Houck
Field guides for adults & older children to learn more about Nature
- Birds of the Willamette Valley Region by Harry Nehls, Tom Aversa, and Hall Opperman
- Trees to Know in Oregon by Edward Jensen, Oregon State University
- By Pat Lichen:
Passionate Slugs and Hollywood Frogs: An Uncommon Field Guide to Northwest Backyards
Brittlestars and Mudbugs: An Uncommon Field Guide to Northwest Shorelines & Wetlands
River-Walking Song Birds and Singing Coyotes: An Uncommon Field Guide to NW Mountains
Local nature activities for adult and child
Published by Metro, this periodic newsletter describes opportunities for the family to experience nature in a multitude of ways. To subscribe: www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=29030
- Columbia Slough Watershed Council: Tadpole Tales
Weds., story and guided nature walk, 3-5-year-olds, $3.
- Friends of Tryon Creek: Multiple programs
Muddy Boots Nature Club, Kids in Nature Tuesdays (ages 3-6), Story and Stroll.http://www.muddybootspdx.org
- Leach Botanical Garden: Honeybee Hikes
Ages 2-6 with adult, $2.
- The Intertwine
Interactive online map of every park and natural area in the greater Portland area. http://www.theintertwine.org/explore