Why all this info and encouragement to check out these animal/nature focused opportunities? I've been thinking alot about God and creation. We'll blame the puppies. I think I'm reclaiming my country/farm/outdoor roots after 24 years living in the city.
Another reason? Spring really is coming to Upstate New York. It really is! When the air starts to turn and you want to get outside with your kids, there are some relaxing, fun places to go and no more than a half hour away. Wandering the parks and Lollipop doesn't cost you anything but time. My kids understood that it was like going to the zoo. "We're not bringing anything home." (And if you go to Lollipop remember the Farm Walk outside.)
Did I tell you, there's also a fish hatchery with huge outdoor fresh water fish tanks at Powder Mill Park and one in Caledonia? (If you like fish!) If you don't live here, check out your own local area and you'll probably be amazed at what you find.
Another reason? Kids are still so fascinated by animals and living things and the miracle of it all. The outside world is a treasure chest waiting to be explored. ". . .what may be known about God is plain to them [the godless], because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." (Romans 1: 19-20) If God says, the godless can see Me there, how much more a child? We won't get into rash theological discussion comparing people of faith, people without, and children. The Celts didn't divide people up like that did they?
Do you have to make everything a lesson? Nope! Soak it up and enjoy! You might get to field some questions but you might not. If you're willing to venture into the outdoors with your kids, there's quite alot of God to be found, even if winter does decide to hang on for another month or so.