All posts filed under: Nature

Green Seattle Partnership Event: 11/7-11/13

Roots to Learning is excited to support Green Seattle Days as a way to encourage students and adults to get involved in their local environment and learn how to better support the local ecology for the benefit of us all! Join daily virtual learning experiences on a variety of topics and then get outdoors and explore! From the Green Seattle Partnership website: This year, Green Seattle Day is going virtual! We invite you to participate in one week of nature exploration, learning, and celebration of Seattle’s urban forest. Seattle’s urban forest coexists with our city. We interact with it in many ways, as do other animals and elements. Caring for and stewarding Seattle’s urban forest is very important because it would not be able to thrive and be healthy without our help. All the elements of Seattle’s ecosystem are effected by climate change, including us. Click on any link below to find resources and activities for learning about topics vital to the environment!

Mindful of the World

“I look at the bird before me and imagine how it senses the world, how it feels breathing cold air, how it feels to have its feathers ruffling in the wind, how it feels to always have an eye out for possible food and possible predators. The bird sees me and is a nanosecond from flying off, but it stays. Why? By imagining the life within, the bird I am seeing is alive, no longer a shape and its parts, but a thinking, sentient being, always on the brink of doing something. By feeling the life within, I am always conscious that all creatures have personalities, and so do trees and clouds and streams. To feel the life within, I now imagine myself as the bird that is looking at me. I imagine its wariness, the many ways it has almost died in its short life. I worry over its comfort and safety, and whether I will see my little companion the next day, the next year. To feel the life within is to also …