Letters to Nature Kids

In these short publications, I write directly to kids, in the form of a letter. We don’t send letters so much any more, but a good letter can feel like part of a long-distance conversation, informal and personal. Readers might be ten years old, or in their teens, or maybe adults who enjoy reading a little informal letter about something or somewhere in nature. I don’t get very in-depth – the idea is for it to feel informal but also include interesting stuff about anything from wasps to turtles to trees.

The pdf-format letters will be free, though I note in the fine print that if you want to make some small donation to help keep the walks and road trips going, I will certainly be grateful. You can donate through PayPal.

Download the first letter here. I write about a walk that includes a great egret, a red-eared slider basking on a cloudy winter day, and the beautiful fallen leaves and how they smell as they return to soil. Lots of photos help to illustrate the walk – and then there is some information about going on your own walk at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge.

The second letter can be downloaded here. In this letter I talk about a walk at the Sheri Capehart Nature Preserve where I found cricket frogs. These are cool, interesting little frogs that can be found nearly year round.

The third letter can be downloaded here. This one tells about a great walk on a warm winter day (but the water was cold!) at a nearby creek, with mosquitofish, a baby clam, a very cold cricket frog, and fossil ammonites.

The fourth letter can be downloaded here. This describes a late winter walk at Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, with mistletoe, a little about how a walk in nature can improve our relaxation and mood, and my finding a tiny bird nest (from last year).

The May, 2022 letter can be downloaded here. In this letter, I talk about a day spent at LBJ National Grasslands, with a killdeer watching me closely, a peek at a tarantula, ponds and prairies and a night walk with coyotes and gray treefrogs calling.

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