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Kids can learn to appreciate nature through this simple site. The friendly narrator highlights safety tips and ecology rules during the walk and encourages kids to be considerate with nature -– take only pictures and leave only footprints. Kids are given easy-to-understand information about lifecycles in the forest, plants to avoid, and common animals like deer, raccoons, squirrels, and ticks. Kids might even pick up some new vocabulary words like "dormancy" and "nocturnal." Even without the bells and whistles of flashier sites, A Walk in the Woods is a good nature-walk primer for young kids.
The website promotes the benefits of spending time around nature as well as responsible stewardship of the forest. Offering tips about polite hiking etiquette and proper treatment of natural lands, the site imparts advice without being preachy.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this low-tech site is designed to engage young children (and even some older ones) in the beauty and fun of nature. Specially targeted to newbie explorers, this site covers all the basic safety and ecology rules (leave only footprints, take only pictures) while giving a comprehensive glimpse at a slew of common forest residents, from fungus to rodents. Parents should find the teacher guides useful for tailoring activities to aspiring naturalists, while enjoying the sound advice that reminds kids to stay away from poison ivy and stinging bugs, among other things.
Is It Any Good?
The beauty of A WALK IN THE WOODS lies in its simplicity. Like a babbling stream or a butterfly silently resting on a flower, this site celebrates all the little wonders of nature. That's no small feat in the digital era, where things need to be immediate and high energy. You won't find a massive chat room here with animated cartoon creatures or the chance to make your pet a virtual penthouse. And that's just fine! Instead, kids can get an introduction to all the cool plants and animals that are easily detected on a simple stroll through the real woods. Through the use of up-close pictures, videos, and soothing narration, this site equips kids with the knowledge to get them ready to grab a backpack and a buddy and explore the natural world around them.
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