I think it’s important to remember that nature is all around us. I live in an urban environment, but I try to help my children see the plants and animals around us all the time. We notice what kinds of birds are perched on the power lines behind our house. We notice the lizards in the trees next to our windows. We check on spiders in the parking lot to see if they moved their web from where we noticed them the day before. We try to be aware of the natural world in our everyday lives, so that it doesn’t always have to be a separate, scheduled event.
– Christy Merrick, in Charles Yaple, “An Interview with Natural Start’s Director,” Natural Start Alliance (September 2015)