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We evolved in nature - if we become disconnected from the natural world we lose something magical, something so precious. We lose part of what it means to be human.

Our connection to that natural world is forged through our experience as children. We learn and grow by climbing trees, smelling flowers, making daisy chains, growing a garden, listening to the birds, splashing in puddles, watching the first stars sparkle in the dark night sky.... simple, yet powerful experiences.


As parents, if we show an appreciation for Mother Nature, the children in our lives will follow us. Lead by example, take a walk in the park, help your child grow vegetables in a pot, go on a bug hunt, let them climb a tree, collect fallen blossom, make smelly potions and mud pies. Keep it simple.


I am passionate about getting kids outdoors and connecting with nature. I believe if we inspire a love for nature in a child, it will lead to a desire to protect it. First we have to give children the opportunity and freedom to go outside and explore, discover the magic Mother Nature has to offer, only then can they understand how precious it is.

More than anything I hope that children get the opportunity to get up close to nature at an early age before the onset of the technological world that will undoubtedly become part of their everyday life . I was fortunate enough to have a childhood filled with fun adventures, discovery, laughter, make belief, outdoor magical worlds and parents whose love for the natural world inspires me to this day. I feel it has come full circle, being a nature loving parent who is inspired to share walks down forest paths, huffing and puffing to the top of a hill, enjoying storytelling on a warm summer evening ...moments of pure joy!

About the author:  Marghanita Huges is the creator of Little Humbugs - Connecting Kids to Nature. The inspiration for the Little Humbugs grew from a desire to connect children back to nature. When children have experienced the Magic of nature they will want to protect it. First, we need to get the children outside – allow them the freedom to play, explore and discover