The EPA has created an absolutely amazing little video called “Wetlands and Wonder: Reconnecting Children with Nearby Nature.” Click on the link here to view the video. It’s really terrific.
In the video you get to hear great naturalists like Robert Michael Pyle, Richard Louv and others talk about wetlands and the great opportunities they give us for exploring nature. They talk about the importance of wetlands in our ecosystem and ways that kids (of all ages…me too) can connect with nature through wetlands.
Wetlands are one of our richest habitats in terms of diversity of life and they’re so much fun to explore! From birds to amphibians to turtles and snakes to insects to fish to bats to really interesting plants – they’ve got it all. Some even have beavers! They serve as nurseries, water filter systems, safe havens and places to rest or fuel up if you’re a migrating bird.
Where are the nearest wetlands near where you live? Is there a steam, a swamp, a pond, a flooded field or marsh? With all the rain we’ve gotten over the past few days, the wetland near you will likely be teaming with live. Take a few minutes to check out the Wetlands and Wonder video and then go out exploring!
The best part about going out to explore nature is that we already carry with us all the gear we need to get out there and have fun….carry with you all your senses – your eyes, your ears, your nose, your sense of touch, and of course, your imagination. Touch the water, feel the plants, get mud between your toes! Yeah! It’s simply wild out there!