On Thursday, July 7, children trekked along a path near Tryon Creek with eyes peeled for yellow and black insects bopping between flowers.Â
The group was led through the windy path nestled within Tryon Creek State Natural Area by Portland-based children's book author Audrey Sauble. Throughout the walk, Sauble the group identified different types of bees alongside anything else that sparked interest within the foliage.Â
Sauble said a simple question led her to pursue writing children's books.Â
A few years back, her son asked her, "Where do eggs come from?" As she explained how animals lay different types of eggs, she realized there are so many questions children have about science and nature that would make great educational reads.Â
"(Becoming an author) started because we had this conversation about eggs," Sauble said. "The more I thought about it, the more I felt like our conversation could be a story. Then I started working on my first book, 'Who Laid the Egg?'"
From there, Sauble wrote six more books about science and nature, with topics ranging from insects to space rockets. She describes her books asÂ conversations, with each focusing on a central question before prompting the reader to reflect on their knowledge through activities.Â
Her most recent book, "A Bee or Not a Bee," was released in mid-June and explores insect identification and the details that make up a bee.Â
"The process for the book started a little over a year ago when I was reading a bit about bees … and I noticed while researching how often people get honeybees and bumblebees mixed up," Sauble said.Â
Throughout the book, Sauble teaches children how to identify insects based on crucial details; for example, "A bee is an insect with six legs. It does not have eight legs like a spider," she writes.Â
And on July 7, Sauble continued to spread her knowledge and a few anecdotes from her book with Lake Oswego and Portland families as they gathered at Tyron Creek's nature center for a book reading, followed by the nature walk. Stauble, who has been a volunteer with the Friends of Tyron Creek for several years, said she hosts the author's reading to teach children about the significance of all living things in nature.
"Stories and programming like this really gets folks out in a safe fashion to explore the forest. Which is really what it is all about — connecting people to Tyron Creek and the outdoors," said Amy Stout, community engagement coordinator for Tryon.Â
Sauble said children interacting with nature helps them recognize how everything is connected.
"I think it's not only important (for kids to learn about nature) because it's fascinating information that's often overlooked, but I think it's also important for kids to understand how nature works so that they see the connection between flowers, gardening, agriculture and more. Everything in nature relies on one another," Sauble said.Â
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