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Connecting With Nature

August 18, 2012
By Sarah Hatfield ( , The Post-Journal

When I go on vacation, I visit nature centers. It's like an addiction, I can't help it. Part of the reason is because I simply love nature and want to visit places that embody that. Part of it is to get inspired for our exhibits (read "steal ideas"). Part of it is to make me feel good as I compare what we have to other places. But my favorite reason to go to nature centers is to see the people - to watch children press themselves up against the glass of an aquarium. Parents play at nature centers, because nature can awake that inner child. It's okay to stare in awe into a fish tank, or reach in and gently pet the turtles. Even if you're 67, it's OK. That's the allure of a nature center; everyone learns, everyone plays, everyone connects with each other and nature.



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