Hello, I’m so glad you are here. I’m Julie, the creator and editor of the blog Nature Inspired Learning. My husband and I live in New England with our enthusiastic little boy, who thankfully, loves being outside as much as we do!
I am a middle school science teacher, turned stay at home mom. I am passionate about gardening and sharing ways for you to get outside with your kids. As a science teacher, I learned that kids learn best when they can make connections to what they are learning about.
What better way to connect with nature and teach science, then to observe and work in the garden! Along with gardening tips, I share easy science lessons that you can do with your kids, toddlers up to middle school.
Exploring Nature as a Child
Gardening and exploring the outdoors has been a constant part of my life since childhood. My fondest childhood memories include exploring nature and being outside.
Days were spent making tide pools in the local stream out of moss and rocks. Catching frogs and catfish in our pond with my brother and friends.
Now that I am a mum, I see how important it is to get out in nature. Working the soil and digging in the dirt brings me peace and joy.
Growing up, we didn’t have chickens in fact, the only animals we had growing up where dogs. Of course aside from the pond life! One year we did raise ducklings in our house. I can still remember the joy I felt as a young child when I held those baby ducks.
Spending Time Outside in Nature
In 2019, my husband and I sold our home on 1/4 of an acre. Our previous house was in a neighborhood setting. Thankfully, it was a neighborhood full of gardeners who shared plants and knowledge with one another. We then bought this home which is situated in a more rural setting.
We wanted our son to experience the type of childhood I had experienced. One where he could learn and explore through nature in his own backyard. Childhood is too short and we want him to savor every second of it!
Even as adults, my husband and I find that being emerged in nature helps reduce stress and increase our happiness. I find that being outside is both calming and energizing at the same time.
For the Love of Gardening
In the summer I live for gardening. My perfect day would consist of digging in the dirt from dusk till dawn making new gardens, rain or shine. I believe in working hard for what you want and pursuing your passions.
Now that we are creating our own homestead, I am learning to grow not only flowers, but food. Last year we moved to this property and got right to work. I ripped up the lawn and built garden beds. Of course, I had to wait rather impatiently until the snow decided to melt.
My husband came on board for raising chickens so we built a chicken coop and started raising ten baby chicks. I started this blog and YouTube channel in March 2021, to provide a resource for others who are also learning and growing through the garden. Along with how you can teach your children science through the garden.
Learning and Exploring Through Nature
I graduated college with a degree in Education (K-8) with a concentration in science. Then went on to teach middle school science for 7 years. Teaching science and making fun and engaging lessons is one of my passions that I feel is worth sharing.
Often times parents are overwhelmed with the idea of teaching science to their kids. Teaching science doesn’t have to be complicated. Basic skills including observing, collecting data, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions are the basic foundational skills of science instruction. No need to stress about the content. Scientific vocabulary and concepts can be learned while topics are explored!
Gone are the days of simply reading through a textbook and learning information without real world application. Science has evolved into an interdisciplinary rich learning environment that connects kids with the world that they are personally experiencing. Literacy, math, art and language arts can be taught alongside science instruction.
Even One Tree is a Learning Opportunity for Kids
One tree, seedling, or discovery in nature can prompt a whole collection of activities and learning opportunities. Even in a city setting, kids can learn and explore through nature. Parks, local green spaces, windowsills, and local farms are all great places to start.
The garden and its surroundings provide endless learning opportunities. Being a mum myself, I enjoy sharing ideas for how you can get your kids learning through nature. The lessons I share are easy and adaptable to fit your needs. I include ways to conduct the activity even if you are living in a city lot or apartment.
How the Blog is Organized
Thank you for stopping by and joining us on this journey. Articles are sorted and organized into categories. One for garden tips, another for everything backyard chicken keeping, and a third for teaching kids through nature. The video resource section is a collection of videos created about each of the topics. Under each video is a short description and a link to the full article.