Art inspired by Nature

The art created by children (and parents) in Austin Families in Nature shows the inspiration that time in nature has provided. AFiN participants have created visual art through drawing, sculpting, photographing, sewing, and burning wood.  And they have expressed themselves through words written on their blogs and in their journals.           …

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Studying Aquatic Insects Through the Eyes of a Child

  AFiN families ventured into Barton Creek with the City of Austin Watershed Department’s Todd Jackson (an amazing teacher whose enthusiasm for insects is contagious).  Kids ranging from 4 to 16 explored alongside their parents in search of aquatic macro invertebrates.  The species that were found were then counted and used to measure the health of …

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Backyard Habitats – Creating Nearby Nature

If you ask many of today’s leading conservationists and environmentalists where they go to enjoy nature, most of them will tell you about their own backyards. Whether you live in an apartment, a house or on acres of farmland, you can create a space to relax and enjoy nature. You can plant butterfly or hummingbird …

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A wonderful poem written by one of the kids in his nature journal after the aquarium overnight:

We have all been on a road trip but never quite like this. Every one knows Corpus should not be dissed. We all relaxed after the driving had been driven, but then a shout rang out “the fun has just begun!!” We all bustled into the building and the hostess said with a shout “sit …

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