Learning in Nature with Children


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Nature is the best teacher for our children. Rachel Carson connected children with nature with this quote that I absolutely adore:

“Play, Incorporating Animistic and Magical Thinking Is Important Because It:
Fosters the healthy, creative and emotional growth of a child;
Forms the best foundation for later intellectual growth.
Provides a way in which children get to know the world and creates possibilities for different ways of responding to it.
Fosters empathy and wonder.”

There is a lot of truth in her words and, given her status as a naturalist extraordinaire, one might infer that she was thinking from the perspective of being outdoors. Children learn valuable skills simply by being and by exploring the natural environment around them. Skills such as problem solving, science, social & emotional skills, that we parents often demand of our young children have the opportunity to develop naturally if we allow them the space to do so.


So I was thrilled to be able to spend a weekend camping on Cape Disappointment with my two young sons. Cape Disappointment is a wonderful place with two miles of beach for exploration, creation and imagination. We love camping at this spot because of the opportunities the experience gives our family and our boys.

My goal: to be unplug and to simply “be” with my children in an organic rhythm of the days and nights.

Here are a few key items for our adventures:

Bug Net

for movement and pure joy of chasing critters, beautiful butterflies and unique moths

Bug House

to create a temporary home for the critters we met during our weekend only to be released within a few hours




Magnifying Glass & Binoculars

to more closely examine the insects and animals we shared space with over the weekend


for a sensory walk during dusk and the darker hours

Kid Sized Camping Chairs

for resting, reading and contemplating

Crayons & Drawing Pad

for our journals and nature rubbings

Other Resources for Camping with Kids:


I hope that we inspired you today.




Founder, Publisher, Writer & Editor at Carrots Are Orange, Inc.
Marnie began Carrots Are Orange in 2010 after the birth of her first son. Carrots Are Orange is a Montessori inspired learning and living blog for parents and educators. She hails from Maine, a wonderfully down to earth place to grow up. Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999, currently living east of Seattle with her husband and three young boys. She is pursuing Montessori certification. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, and WhattoExpect.com.


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