Wow, what a hectic few weeks it has been! As people are doing their best to stay safe and healthy, it is becoming more and more difficult to stick to daily routines and keep up with extracurricular activities. It feels like new information on how to best proceed in times of uncertainty is being published daily, and it can be overwhelming to navigate how to responsibly spend time with family and friends. With this influx of information, some good and some not-so good, there is one suggestion for how to move forward that seems constant among all news sources - get outside!
Here at the NRT, we would like to remind folks that despite a massive change in routine, there are some things that we can still look to as pillars of familiarity and consistency. The first of these being that it is officially Spring and the many wonderful changes that come with the transition from Winter to Summer are still happening all around us! We encourage families to walk our trails and explore the ever-changing scenes that come with the new season over the next few weeks.
As weather begins to warm and rainfall increases, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for new signs of life with each visit to the property. Contrary to the notions of uncertainty many of us are feeling, it is guaranteed that a stroll through Sheep Pasture, a moment sitting in the yard, or a neighborhood jaunt will shed light on the unaffected natural world around us. Flowers are beginning to shoot up, as crocuses and daffodils speckle our drab, dehydrated lawns in random bursts of yellows, purples, and whites. We are greeted daily at dawn and dusk by a cacophony of birds and frogs trying to out-sing each other at any available opportunity. Even the branches that once seemed too fragile and weak to support much of anything are beginning to pop with fresh green buds and curled leaves. Animals are becoming restless with the longer days, regaining consciousness as the ground around them soaks up warm rays and smells of fresh food fill the air. Despite the chaos, there is a continued peacefulness waiting to be embraced if we, even just for a moment, shift our focus to the outdoors.
In the coming weeks, we will be upping our blog game by posting twice weekly, and providing resources for families and individuals to get outside and enjoy some fresh air! Whether it be at Sheep Pasture, or in the comfort of your own favorite green spaces, we are looking forward to seeing how people embrace the natural world this Spring. Attached to this post, you will find a Springtime Scavenger Hunt to help guide and encourage you to look at nature through a new lens. Each upcoming post will come with new activities to try with your family, or on your own! Enjoy!
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