Christmas is just around the corner, and maybe you are trying to figure out what to give for a gift, so I thought I would share one of the best things I did with my kids this year.
We attended the Wild Wonder Virtual Event. The event is over, but they are selling tickets to watch rewinds. You can’t go wrong with the price of $45.00. Let me also state that I had to watch a few on the rewind as my kids couldn’t keep up with the schedule, and the rewinds are exactly like the live class (they even kept the chat logs, so you can see what is going on). The only difference is you can’t ask a question at that moment. Still, all presenters tell you they are free to be emailed if a question arises they didn’t cover.
It was the best live online event I have ever attended, and I have been to a lot. The speakers were excellent! The moderators kept everything flowing smoothly and were quick to respond to any question you sent their way. It had a varied lineup, and what I thought might be boring was so well presented that I learned to look at it in a new way.
I was on the fence when this event came to my attention. I didn’t know if my kids would like it. I didn’t know if I would like it. I wasn’t interested in nature journaling, or so I thought. My kids weren’t interested in nature journaling, or so they thought, and it was a risky $75 bucks in my mind.
But, COVID was in full swing, and it hampered getting out. I thought maybe this would help us look at our environment differently….
And it did!
Frankly, my fifteen-year-old-son was the most vocal about not wanting to attend, and he said, “This is going to be a waste of my time…” Along with a lot of other negative possibilities.
I inwardly thought I might be thinking the same thing starting Wednesday.
Anyway, Wild Wonder did just that for us. It made us wonder about a lot of things, and it was a wild week of discovery. My son enjoyed numerous classes and has since started playing around with watercolors. This is amazing!
My daughters laughed over a couple of presenters and ended up with a few one-liners they keep referring back to. They learned a few things, and they have started to journal about nature.
All the kids learned self-motivation techniques and ways to help them study/remember things in a way that wasn’t preachy or put into a school type format. That was something I didn’t anticipate.
I was positively impacted too. I have started looking at the creations around me in a new light, and I’ve incorporated some nature journaling into my other journaling practices. Plus, I am looking at God’s creation differently.
Let me tell you, the plankton lady will make you look at water in a whole new light!
All in all, I liked it more than I thought possible.
If you think you are not an art person, that’s ok; they stress that this is not about art. They don’t want pretty pictures because “it’s not about pretty pictures.”
They want you to engage with nature around you, and they show you how to do that—without worrying about pretty pictures. My son continually claims he can’t draw, but he has started to sketch out things in his spare time after seeing the presenters do quick studies.
I can’t say enough good things about Wild Wonder, and I am hoping they continue to broadcast it online even when they go back to in-person conference format!
You can find out more information about Wild Wonder through these links.
*I am not affiliated with them in any manner, nor do I receive any commission. I am only passing it on to you because it is one of the best things I have done this year, and I thought you might enjoy it too*
* I should also mention that Kate Rutter uses mild language in her class, so you might want to screen this before you let your kids watch*
It’s also important to point out that you have access to the videos till April, so there is plenty of time for you to watch it!
If you end up attending, I would like to hear about your experience. You can send me a message here or use my contact form.