Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Join the Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers Club!

We live in the city and are pretty much completely surrounded by concrete and buildings. Which is okay with me, since I'm not much of an outdoors-person.  Daniel and I do try to take the kids to parks and other outdoor areas when we can, and we're fortunate to live in an area where tons of beautiful places are easily accessible with just a short drive.  Still, I know I need to incorporate more exposure to nature into the kids' everyday life and not just wait for special occasions.  So I was really happy to learn about the Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers Club.  Here's a bit about this program, from the PBS Parents website:

Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers Club is a community of young children, their families and educators committed to learning about nature and doing good things for their environment. Nature Trackers enjoy exploring and having adventures, respecting their environment, collecting things, tracking and observing plants and animals, and challenging themselves to get outside and make discoveries every day.
Buddy, Tiny, Shiny and Don formed a Nature Trackers Club and you can join too! Print out the Nature Trackers Guide Book to get started. All you need to do is complete a Nature Trackers Challenge, and you’re on your way! And to receive your official Nature Trackers token, complete all four challenges and mail in the membership form included in the Guide Book.* And remember, the first rule of the Nature Trackers club is to have fun!
*Offer good while supplies last.
Ethan was off school today for an inservice day, so it was the perfect time for us to start being Nature Trackers! I printed the free booklet off the website and outside we went. There are four challenges in the booklet, and we started with the first one, "Tracking".  We walked the same route that we always walk between here and the Children's Museum, but today, instead of hurrying along, we spent time looking for animal tracks, watching birds, checking out earthworms on the path, and listening to the noises of nature all around us (even in the city!). Our Children's Museum has a mountain area, with reproductions of the outdoors, so we went on an expedition to look for birds up in the "trees" and spent time looking at the animal tracks beneath our feet.

We had a great time with this first activity, and I can't wait to take on the other three challenges in the book as well. What a fun way to teach my kids about nature!

The Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers Club is free and easy to join. What are you waiting for!

Disclosure: I received no product and no compensation for this post, but will be receiving a related product for review in a later post.  All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.