The Robert Bateman Foundation runs Nature Sketch classes to help kids and adults connect to nature through art.
The Happy Trails Challenge is a new three part challenge from Ontario Girl Guides.
This challenge was designed by Mona J., a 3rd-year Guide in the 2nd Ontario Lone Unit, as part of her Design Your Own Badge project. Mona’s challenge was inspired by the Bruce Trail, a hiking trail going 900 km along the length of the Niagara Escarpment in Ontario.
Mona encourages every girl taking this challenge to find a trail in her community to have fun and explore nature. The Happy Trails crest will be available for purchase online mid-February.
There are places to hike and experience the natural environment pretty much everywhere in Canada! You may discover some of the remarkable hiking routes that cover our country and challenge yourself to explore somewhere new.
The theme of the Chipmunk section is “Get outside and move around!” This part of the challenge is all about learning how to hike safely and have fun.
The theme of the Earthworm section is “Love the earth and get dirty!”. The activities in this part all touch on the rocks and soil, learning about geography, and protecting the environment when you hike.
The final section is the Monarch Butterfly and the theme is “Appreciate the natural beauty of our environment!”. This part of the challenge is all about observing the plants, animals and changes in the seasons.
Challenge patches can be bought though Positive Identity.
“When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe. ”
– John Muir
“Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.”
– Nora Roberts
Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.
– Richard P. Feynman
I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.
– Paulo Coelho
Each patrol must find natural items and arrange them so that the initial letters form a message. After each patrol has completed their message, have the patrols switch and try to read the message.
Alternatively, Guiders could create a message like this as part of a treasure hunt or trail and have the girls read it to continue on their way.