I love trees. When I head to the forest and am surrounded by them, I feel at home. I am in awe of their strength and beauty. They stand tall and unshakable in even the most trying circumstances. They can be content to share their space with others or go it alone.
They provide so many resources for so many different critters, yet seem to ask for little in return. I think we humans could learn a lot from trees.
And so on this very special day – a day dedicated to celebrating all things tree – I give you five of our favorite ways to spend time among the trees.
1. Stare up at the sky.
I can think of no better view of the daytime sky than through the tops of trees.
2. Spot wildlife.
Trees are full of life – some small, some big. This is just one of the critters that enjoys the trees in our neighborhood.
3. Watch the seasons change.
My favorite spot to sit among the trees is in Yosemite. I love the trees dressed in their winter white.
4. Check out trees on the trail.
We’ve seen some amazing trees on our hikes. Old ones, new ones and ones that appear to have roots growing out of nowhere. It’s fun to stop and admire.
5. Climb on them!
Some trees are made for climbing. Some need a hug, too.
Looking for a few simple ways to connect kids with trees? You can:
- Explore a tree, touching & smelling bark, making leaf rubbings & more
- Read a favorite book outside under a tree
- Become tree detectives & try identifying a tree in your neighborhood