There are so many ways for kids and their parents to experience and learn about nature. Splashing in a puddle, examining a spiderweb, listening to night sounds, and following animal tracks are all examples. But what to do in the winter?
"Iowa's got great grasslands. Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is my favorite place to go explore. It's so neat to see the seasons change out there. I grew up out in the prairies of Wyoming, but it's an entirely different prairie. It's more rangeland and sagebrush and shorter grass, and here you've got these tall grasses that are above my six foot eyes. The transition from fall to the snowy winter landscape and the subtleness of the prairie landscape has really fascinated me," says Ken Keffer, author of the new book The Kids' Ultimate Animal Adventure Book.
During this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Keffer about the book, which includes 745 quirky facts and hands on activities for year-round fun. He also talks about how to foster a child's interaction with and love for nature and about some of the critters and eco-systems in our Iowa landscape.