Rocks can be the perfect way to get little ones interested in the outdoors.

They’re easy to find. They can be touched, picked up and collected. There is a wide variety, from sparkly to chalk-like, smooth to holey.

Read a good book about rocks and then head outside to see what rocks you can find!

“If You Find a Rock” by Peggy Christian

Learn about all of the types of rocks you might find on a walk through a nature area. Hear environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman read the book in the video below.

“A Rock is Lively” by Dianna Hutts Aston

Learn about rocks from all around the world, from plain to dazzling, black or colorful.

“National Geographic Readers: Rocks and Minerals” by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

National Geographic does a great job putting together fun and educational guides for all ages. This reader, for ages 5-8, will introduce your kids to the expansive world of rocks with beautiful photographs.

“Everybody Needs a Rock” by Byrd Baylor

Read about 10 rules to find the perfect rock friend, a friend that will be better than an elephant, a horse or a tricycle.

Everybody Needs a Rock (An Aladdin Book)

“Rhoda’s Rock Hunt” by Molly Beth Griffin

Follow Rhoda on a hiking trip and see all the fun rocks that she finds. Just remember, rocks are heavy!

 

Recycled bunny bookmark

Bindi, named after conservationist Steve Irwin’s daughter, Bindi Irwin, is the newest animal ambassador at the Dickinson County Nature Center as of August 2018. In honor of her arrival, today’s craft is bunny-themed! (Learn about cottontail rabbits) To make this adorable bunny bookmark, you’ll need: An envelope, a used one is fine Scissors Glue Googly…

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10 children’s books all about nature

A great way to get kids interested in nature is to read books that have inspiring characters and animals that also love the outdoors. Lessons about bees and their pollination skills, the importance of rattlesnakes to the environment, why we should take care of trees and what is neat about bats can all be learned…

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Turn yourself into a lady bug: Personalized rock craft

Have you ever wanted to experience the world through the eyes of an insect? Imagine the viewpoint looking up through the grass, seeing the expansive world that exists right on the surface of the earth. Well, I can’t offer you that view, but I can help you turn yourself into a bug — at least…

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Walks rock when you’re looking for rocks

This week, Teddy the turtle heads to the Dickinson County Nature Center lower level to check out the geology exhibit. From Colorado to Texas, New York to Arkansas, volunteer Jerry Wiekamp traveled the United States, visiting mines and collecting geological specimens that are now on display at the Dickinson County Nature Center. The gold ore…

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