"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."
--Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
Nature has long been considered a cure for the troubled soul. Some studies have shown that time in nature is an antidote to stress: It can lower blood pressure and stress hormone levels, reduce nervous system arousal, enhance immune system function, increase self-esteem, reduce anxiety, and improve mood. It is also just plain fun! Especially with a few helpful suggestions to make your nature observations even more enjoyable.
- Draw What You See - Drawing what you see in a garden, park or on the trail is a wonderful way to spend time in nature.
- Learn how to observe fireflies and report your sightings!
- Take part in the local Rouge River Frog and Toad Survey
- Learn about other Citizen Scientist nature initiatives - some for the whole family!
- Make a nature remembrance, start a nature journal or find another hands-on nature activity in Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center.
- Check out the Top Locations to Go Birding in Southeast Michigan - then make Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders with your kids! (CPL card required)
- Visit a state park or recreation are for little or no cost with the Michigan Activity Pass (MAP)! Library patrons can access hundreds of participating institutions by visiting the MAP website to print or download a pass to their mobile device.
When a girl walks through the woods with her grandma, she's so excited about reaching their destination that she misses out on what's around her. But with Grandma's help, she learns how to breathe, be peaceful, and notice the little surprises along the way. Find mindfulness in nature through this gentle story.