Nature offers the most amazing sights and experiences that will be remembered for a lifetime. So what better time to learn than when you're excited? WOW! I SAW...is a program to help you Learn, Connect and Teach with nature’s guidance. Below you will find everything from activities and journaling ideas to classroom lessons and resources across the internet.
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LEARN

Learn about different animals, national parks and more in this jam-packed informational collection of online resources.

BROWSE RESOURCES

“Each day, without fail, a particular tree or spot would emerge and grip my consciousness. 'Just be here,' it would say. 'Live in harmony with us and you will learn whatever you need to know.'" 
- LOU GOLD

VIEWING TIPS

Often as we move through nature, we are being observed by animals. The sounds we make with our footsteps, or rustling leaves, the shadows we cast, or the contrast with the surrounding areas, will make it easy to be noticed. Learning how we are observed by animals will give us great clues to seeing the life around us.
1. Fade Into the Woodwork

Wear natural colors and unscented lotions. Remove glasses that glint. Walk softly. Crouch behind boulders. Try not to throw a shadow. Being downwind is a great advantage! Look in the direction of the wind for animals. Often we are detected through smell, and this gives us just the advantage we need. Sit still and breathe. Stare off in one direction for a few minutes to give things time to happen. Suddenly there is the movement you were looking for!

2. Stick to the Sidelines

Use binoculars or zoom lenses to get a close-up view. Give nests a wide berth. Do not approach wildlife. Use your vehicle as a blind.

3. Come to Your Senses

Deepen your awareness with all your senses. Look for out-of-place shapes and motions. Rather than look directly for something, look for it out of the corner of your eye. It is much easier to detect slight movement as a different part of your eye is engaged.

Listen carefully for the flap of birds’ wings, the splashing of a fish in a pond, the scampering of a small animal in the woods through the leaves. Heed your instincts. Grass matted down might show where deer have bedded down for the night. Notice tracks and scat, bark eaten from branches or a feather on the ground. There are as many signs as there are animals! Make “mule deer ears” by cupping your hands behind your ears to amplify natural sounds. Practice silence.

4. Be Easy to Be With

Move like molasses: slow, smooth and steady. Make yourself small and unassuming. Relax; animals can easily detect tension.

5. Think Like An Animal

Find a potential watering hole and sit downwind. Look and listen for a thirsty visitor. Imagine how the animal you are seeking spends its days. Where does it feed? Nap? Bathe? Drink? Visit places at different times of the day or night. Dusk and dawn are usually good bets.

TAKE TIME

ADVICE FROM A BUTTERFLY

Take time to sit and listen to the sounds of nature and let the beauty of the outdoors find you!

Visit places at different times of the day or night to enjoy the different lighting, temperatured, and experiences.

Be prepared on your hike with the 10 essentials: water, compass, knife, rain gear, wind protection, first aid kit, extra food, map, flashlight and sunscreen. Drink plenty of water and pace yourself at high altitudes. Be mindful of how much light is left in the day.

Enjoy recording your experience by drawing a picture, writing a poem or short story, or whatever creative way is right for you.

Close your eyes and listen for a minute, or five or ten. Breathe quietly and slowly. Write about what you hear. 

CONNECT

Connect with nature through writing, journaling, drawing, videos and more. There are plenty of activities for you and the whole family to enjoy.

BROWSE ACTIVITIES

“Mother Nature is our teacher—reconnecting us with Spirit, waking us up and liberating our hearts. When we can transcend our fear of the creatures of the forest, then we become one with all that is; we enter a unity of existence with our relatives—the animals, the plants and the land that sustains us.” 
- SYLVIA DOLSON

TEACH

Teach using our wonderful Advice from Nature teacher curriculum.

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