The Greenspace Nature Club is a group adventure with changing locations around Cambria and San Simeon. During each monthly outing they explore a different focus of deeper nature connection.
Sue Davis, who facilitates the gatherings, inspired participants during the October outing to ask questions instead of having quick answers, believing that spending quality time in nature offers us the unexpected opportunities to wonder and learn. She recommends asking questions about what you see, such as “Why is it there? Are there more? Where is it now? This encourages your brain to think deeper beyond the usual answers.”
Last month’s “adventure with questions” began by heading down the trail at Moonstone Beach to one of Sue’s favorite coves. “The children explored plants growing in the muddy, sandy trickle of water coming down the hill,” Sue reports. They wondered about holes in the sandy cliff. “What made these? Does anything live there? What is the debris in front of them?”
They tasted watercress growing abundantly from a freshwater seep and followed raccoon tracks from the cove along the hillside. Where is that animal now? Were other tracks those of a small rodent? “We consulted the tracking charts we brought with us. The tracks ended in the clump of bulrushes which are edible according to one of our older youngsters who has studied edible plants,” said Sue.
Among their other finds: an old tire: Did it come from land or ocean? A moon jelly: Dead or alive? If the latter, could it sting? Driftwood found at hand became sticks for a spontaneous drumming circle. Sue remarked, “Some of us danced to the beat and a kelp shaker joined in.” The Greenspace Nature Club is for all abilities and ages and meets on the third Sunday of each month from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at various locations near Cambria. Check out the Greenspace website for meeting information (greenspacecambria.org) or email Sue directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive email notifications.