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This article from Appleseeds magazine is about how to take a nature walk. The article talks about John Muir, a man who loved nature and encouraged leaders to preserve land in the United States so people could enjoy its natural beauty for many years. The article explains what John Muir did on a nature hike. One place that he loved to explore was the land that is now known as Yosemite National Park.
 


Follow in Muir’s FootstepsTake a Nature Walk
by Michelle Schaub

 
In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.
—John Muir

From the steamy swamps of Florida to the icy glaciers of Alaska, John Muir loved exploring wild places. Wherever he went, he carried a notebook to describe the wonders he discovered. You don’t have to walk a thousand miles to follow in Muir’s footsteps. You can connect with nature by taking a simple walk and recording your observations in a journal.
 
Just follow these steps:
1. Pick a wild place—A nature trail, arboretum (a place where you can see special trees), park, or even your own back yard.
2. Bring a notebookLarge enough to fit your writings and drawings but small enough to carry comfortably.
3. Pack a snackWhile John Muir brought only tea and bread on some of his journeys, you might want to pack a tastier treat. Just remember not to litter.
4. Be alertLet the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of nature fill your senses.
5. Look high and lowNotice the big picture, like landscapes and trees, but also the little details, like flower petals and insect wings.
6. Write it downUse plenty of description to record your observations. Add your thoughts, feelings, and questions. Dont forget to put the date, time, and location on each entry.
7. Add drawingsMuir filled his journals with sketches of the plants and animals he encountered. Sketching will help you focus on details you might otherwise miss.
8. Collect plantsTry pressing flowers and leaves between the pages of your journal, just like Muir did!
9. Take picturesIf you can’t collect plants where you are hiking, take pictures and tape them into your journal instead.
10. Learn moreDid you observe something on your walk that sparked your interest? A bird’s feather? A strange fungus? Use the descriptions and drawings in your journal to look up more information.
 
Next time you take a walk in a wild place, you’ll be a keen nature observer!
 
Follow in Muir’s FootstepsTake a Nature Walk by Michelle Schaub. Copyright © 2011 by Carus Publishing Company. Reprinted by permission of Carus Publishing Company.