Listen in on Nature Grandparenting

Lorna Salahub tries to guess what her granddaughter Grace Dawes presents to her during a Nature Grandparenting session. (Victoria Dinh/CBC)

Lorna Salahub tries to guess what her granddaughter Grace Dawes presents to her during a Nature Grandparenting session. (Victoria Dinh/CBC)

Grandparenting happens informally in families. Whatever form grandparenting takes in your family, know that your time and intentional involvement is a gift to both child and parents. I can't speak for grandparents, but I'm guessing it can be pretty darn rewarding for you! 

Nature Grandparenting is when grandparents prioritize spending time with their grandchildren outdoors and interacting with nature. Sadly, the combination of urbanization, scheduled activities and parents working full time has led to children having fewer opportunities to build comfort and connection with nature in their early years. Thankfully, Grandparents can be an important nature mentor in their granchildren's lives - someone who makes space in their life to explore, dream and play in biodiverse spaces.  

If the years of adulthood responsibilities have worn away at your sense of wonder and play, you might consider participating in a Nature Grandparenting program. Programs like the one offered by Wildernook Fresh Air Learning are designed to be a fun intergenerational nature outing, while also providing grandparents with practical ideas on how to hook their grandchildren on nature at a young age. 

The Nature Grandparenting Program offered by Wildernook this spring are a fun little kickstarter to spring and summer explorations with the grandmonsters. Programs like this are intended to help plant the seed of nature connection in their relationship so that participants can continue the routine of regularly exploring nature together on their own.

Being present, curious and full wonder with your grandchild as you discover the magic of nature together is top of the charts meaningful. Thanks to CBC radio's recent coverage, you can listen to what the Nature Grandparenting Program sounds like in action. 

If you and your grandchild are located in Saskatoon, we invite you to try out a Nature Grandparenting experience for free as part of the NatureCity Festival