STACY TORNIO is the editor of the national birding and gardening magazine Birds and Blooms. She also teaches gardening classes to Milwaukee-area youth. With Ken Keffer she has launched the website destinationnature.net, where they encourage families and kids to get outside and explore nature. Through their online efforts, videos, and partnerships with national organizations and well-respected professionals, they are a go-to resource for the timely topic of getting kids active outdoors.
KEN KEFFER is a naturalist, environmental educator, and freelance writer with a special interest in birding. He has also worked with children for as long as he can remember, most recently leading state and national efforts for the Ohio Young Birders Club.
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Share in the discovery of nature with your child and preserve his or her sense of wonder in this keepsake journal filled with activities and ideas--for children ages two to eight.
What did you grow in your first garden? What stories did you imagine when you looked up at the clouds? How did you feel when you went for your first paddle in a canoe? A child's discovery of the outdoors is filled with awe, wonder, and delight. In this interactive journal, parents and kids are offered activities that spark an investigation of nature and are then given space to record their discoveries. Part keepsake journal, part activity book, We ♥ Nature! gives parents and their kids easy ways to explore nature that lead to fun, profound memories.
The benefits of introducing children to nature have been well documented, from Rachel Carson's classic work A Sense of Wonder to Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods. This simple book signals a grand notion: that time spent in nature is special and worth documenting from the start.
“We Love Nature! is the ideal platform for today’s families to encourage hurrying less and noticing more. Here, families are given a canvas on which they may capture time with loved ones while creating experiences and memories in nature that will bond family members together. The journal itself will become a treasure to be enjoyed and reflected upon by family for years, even generations, to come. I love We Love Nature!”
—Jennifer Ward, author of I Love Dirt! and Let’s Go Outside!