SLIDESHOW: Fostering a love of nature
Preschoolers clad in jackets and rain boots scattered off the paths at Springbrook Park last week to dig in the dirt, peer under logs and befriend slugs and worms.
The children were part of a Preschool Nature Walk hosted by Friends of Springbrook Park and led by Anne Lider, Sue Thomas, Megan Big John and Michelle Tanz — one of two public walks happening this fall. The second is scheduled from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Friday at the park, which is located behind the Uplands Elementary playground at 2055 Wembley Park Road.
Earlier this year, Lider, Thomas and Sara McKean were honored by the City of Lake Oswego as "Super Stewards" for creating the walks and "planting the seeds of stewardship and a love of nature" in hundreds of youngsters and their parents. The women are working now to expand the program to other parks in Lake Oswego.
At the beginning of the adventures, each child is supplied with a "discovery bucket" — a plastic container with a spoon for a shovel, a magnifying glass, a bug box with a magnifying lid and a paint brush to gently wipe dirt from trees, rocks and other things of interest.
The program is free and funded by Friends of Springbrook Park.
— The Review