We sometimes refer to the early childhood years as a time of wonder and describe their world as being “fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement” (Carson, 1956). Many of us are familiar with these words written by Rachel Carson, a biologist who often described nature and elements of the natural world in both scientific and poetic terms. In “The Sense of Wonder,” Carson writes, “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” This is something we want for our children. Carson also speaks to the importance of adults in helping children keep their inborn sense of wonder alive. One way to foster wonder in children is to surround them with beauty, including—or perhaps especially—beauty in the world of nature.

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