Here are few ways to extend the value of your time in nature. Hit the books — follow up observations or questions that arise with books from the library. Draw what you find — get or make a small notebook that your child can use to draw or write about what she sees. Or keep a running nature journal for your neighborhood, where you can keep track of observations and seasonal changes. Have a chat — talk later about your time outdoors and what their favorite part was. This reflection helps to reinforce what was learned, and helps children to look forward to the next time they get to go outside.