Families, bring your littles to Seward Park on a beautiful May Saturday -- we'll kick off our workshop with a reading of a nature story book and look at maps and how you read maps and plan for a hike! We'll have stickers and free maps of Washington that you'll get to put a "dream dot" on somewhere you want to hike one day! Then, we'll take our "nature journals" and go for a walk around Third Place books -- we'll be looking for different-shaped leaves, rocks, and other natural elements and mark them on our map when we find them. When we get back inside, we'll write down our favorite part of the hike and try to identify our leaves using a field guide and make a poem about our time outside. We'll end with best hikes nearby to try out your own nature journaling on. See you there! You can even get your copy of 50 Hikes with Kids signed by Wendy.
Handcrafted for Northwest parents, educators, and caregivers that want to spark a love of nature, National Outdoor Book Award Winner 50 Hikes with Kids highlights the most kid-friendly hikes in Oregon and Washington. These hikes are perfect for little legs—they are all under four miles and have an elevation gain of 900 feet of less. Author Bio: Wendy Gorton holds a master’s degree in learning technologies and is a former classroom teacher. She worked as a National Geographic Fellow in Australia researching Tasmanian devils, a PolarTREC teacher researcher in archaeology in Alaska, an Earthwatch teacher fellow in the Bahamas and New Orleans, and a GoNorth! teacher explorer studying climate change via dogsled in Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Today, she is a global education consultant based in Portland who has traveled to more than fifty countries to design programs, build communities, and train other educators to do the same.