10 Awesome Nature Books for Kids Ages 3 to 12

Grant Ausbury 
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Austin Parks Foundation recognizes that park champions come in all ages, shapes and sizes. That’s why we want to promote continued engagement and learning wherever you are – in your homes, neighborhood green spaces and in the community! Below are some of our literary recommendations for young park super stars. Many of these books can be accessed through the Austin …

Nature Play Activity: Create Your Very Own Fairy Park!

Grant Ausbury 
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Presented by Little Hummingbird Society Written by Ladye Anne Wofford, Chief Mission Officer at Austin Parks Foundation Fairy Gardens are miniature gardens complete with structures and living plants that have been gaining huge popularity as home and garden decorations. In fact, the Zilker Botanical Garden even hosts a Woodland Faerie Trail Exhibit every year! Tiny houses, chairs, lawns and ponds …

Nature Play as Development with the Rivera Family

Grant Ausbury 
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Presented by Little Hummingbird Society Written by Barry Rivera, Volunteer Manager at Austin Parks Foundation In addition to just getting kids outdoors, nature play offers some cognitive and behavioral benefits to kids of all ages. The good news is – nature play is the perfect way to combine sensory, imaginary and motor skill development all in one! Sensory Experiences For …

6 Fun Nature Play Activities with the Rivera Family

Grant Ausbury 
Education
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× Hey there! COVID-19 has changed how we do things, and your safety is our priority. Please keep social distancing best practices in mind if you choose to visit parks, trails and green spaces. Thanks, y’all! Presented by Little Hummingbird Society Written by Barry Rivera, Volunteer Manager at Austin Parks Foundation It’s a common misconception that in order to entertain …

Nature Play 101: The Basics and Benefits of Nature Play

Grant Ausbury 
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Presented by Little Hummingbird Society By Kathleen Barron, Senior Programs Manager at Austin Parks Foundation Nature Play is any open-ended, unstructured play opportunity using objects from – you guessed it – nature! Children are naturally drawn toward natural phenomena, and exploring objects in their natural environment, where they can independently observe, make connections, problem-solve and interpret these items. Numerous studies …