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The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families and Classrooms

All three of my sons enjoy being outside, but my eldest is especially interested in the world around him. When we go to a new park or spend time out in the country at my in-laws' house, he's constantly poking around the gardens or looking for animals or bugs. He is a natural naturalist. Going outside isn't only fun for running and playing, as far as he's concerned, it's an opportunity for adventure and discovery.

We love that he's so interested in nature and try to encourage him to take his time discovering the world around him. Not only is he constantly learning, but it makes him want to take care of the environment and share it with others, too.

Now that he's older and can read and write, we want to get him into journaling his outdoor nature adventures. We thought about just getting him a blank journal, but because he's still fairly young, we thought a journal with prompts and ideas would be more appropriate. We wanted something that would challenge him to think about things a little differently or observe them from a variety of perspectives.

We looked through quite a few nature journals, and the one my wife really liked, and we ultimately chose, was Clare Walker Leslie's The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families and Classrooms. What drew us to it was that it offered a nice blend of activities and writing and drawing prompts along with a ton of interesting information that would really broaden my son's knowledge of nature.

The Nature Connection is written for families and students, ages 8 and above, to really dig into nature and enjoy the outdoors, land, water, sky, plant, animal and everything in between.