Happy Summer Watershed Explorers!!
I want you all to pledge to get outside as much as possible this summer. Nature provides amazing benefits for your mind, body, and soul! Below I am providing some tips to remember when exploring nature. These tips will help you stay safe, as well as be a conscious explorer. I do want to remind you all that as important as it is to be safe, it's also super important to explore and have fun. The best way to support nature is to get out into it, observe the beauty of it, and love it!
Now for the tips:
Always wear sun protection (whether it's clothing or sunscreen)
Beware of poison ivy (fact sheet) There is a lot of poison ivy this year! Check out the fact sheet, know what it looks like, and avoid it!
Beware of ticks! These nasty little arthropods carry terrible bacteria. Check yourself, or have a parent check you every night before you get into your pjs!
This is a tough one, but remember in most cases, observe but don't touch nature. This goes for animals, as well as plants. There are several exceptions, but if you aren't sure if it is okay to touch, it's always better not to.
The old golden rule of nature exploration should be followed: take only memories and leave only footprints! Again, there are always a few exceptions, if you find a cool rock, stick, fallen leaf, pinecone, or acorn that you want to take home, one or two pieces of memorabilia are fine. However, wild animals and plants that are still living should be left alone. It is imperative that you do not leave any of your belongings for nature to tend to. All trash and personal objects should be taken with you when you leave your nature adventure.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: HAVE FUN, AND HOPEFULLY, LEARN SOMETHING TOO! Nature is a great teacher and there is so much learning to be done. Immerse yourself in its wonder, and enjoy!
HAPPY SUMMER WATERSHED EXPLORERS! I MISS YOU ALL!!