I don’t know about you, but I’ve discovered that with Coronavirus comes Cabin Fever and if I don’t get outside, I’ll come down with Nature Deficit Disorder. These are real things, and this can happen to you and your kids. So, do something about it; now, today, take the opportunity to help your kids (and yourself) engage in nature.
Coronavirus is keeping us at home, but we don’t have to stay indoors. We can still take a short walk and explore nature in our backyards while following social distancing guidelines. Even in the rain you can observe nature from inside your house and watch your bird feeder or the pigeons on the buildings. The point is; more than ever, we need to connect with something other than ourselves and our screens.
Every day brings something new in nature—new animals, insects, birds, blooms, and even weather. A generous 10.2” of rain so far this year where I live has brought us a very green first of April. As I look outside, I can see gardens and yards with blossoms of Forsythia, Daffodils, and Tulips. I also see the trees with blooms such as Cherry, Magnolia, Viburnum. I know if I take a walk on the trail that passes through my yard, I might see ground covers and wildflowers such as Purple Dead Nettle, Mayapples, and Trout Lilly. I’m fortunate to be able to do that in a short distance and still be able to honor the social distancing rules.
So get outside. Take photos of what you see. Try to identify that plant or animal. Download one of my books for free to use as a guide and reference. And please; stay safe. Stay home. Stay informed