Outcomes aren’t always predictable

Too many activities, exhibits, and amusement parks like Disneyworld are structured around predictable outcomes. You pay for a ticket, take the ride, and then it’s over. You press a button, hear a recording explain what an exhibit is about, and then move on. All of this parallels the expectation of immediate gratification that families already experience via screen-time: You press a button, change the channel, and another show / game / app comes up. Being in nature reminds us that the world isn’t stop-start, binary, predictable. Nature is constantly changing, always in movement, at its own pace. The obvious teaching here is patience.
Guiding your family through experiences in nature can be a primary way to introduce concepts around life and death, especially to young children.
From encountering dead animals, to walking along the beach and looking at shells (“What happened to all the animals that used to live in the shells?”), or even something as simple as stopping by a fallen tree in the forest, examining how the material decays and enriches the soil, nature reminds us that we are connected to the circle of life, and it isn’t something to shelter oneself from, but embrace.

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