Take a Child Outside Week 2007

Posted on 24th September 2007 by Ryan Somma in science holidays


In honor of Take a Child Outside Week:

Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.
– E. O. Wilson

The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.
~ e.e. cummings

God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars.
~ Martin Luther

“Beye’s Giant”
(Photo by Ryan Somma)


I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
~ Frank Llyod Wright

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
~ Kahlil Gibran

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.
~ George Washington Carver

Brassia giveoudiana

Brassia giveoudiana
(Photo by Ryan Somma)


The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us,the less taste we shall have for destruction.
~ Rachel Carson, “Silent Spring

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
~ John Muir

Some keep the Sabbath going to Church,
I keep it staying at Home –
With a bobolink for a Chorister,
And an Orchard, for a Dome.

~ Emily Dickinson

Purple Cactus
(Photo by Ryan Somma)


Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
~ Henry David Thoreau

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
~ William Shakespeare

The Amen! of Nature is always a flower.
~ Oliver Wendall Holmes


George (Bucket) Taylor, Ph.D. of NC Ecotours
shows children Foxtails right around the corner from the
Port Discover Children’s Science Center

See also Daily Advance coverage of Take a Child Outside Week.


I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it…. People think pleasing God is all God care about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.
~ Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius.
– E. O. Wilson

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Beye’s Giant”
(Photo by Ryan Somma)


“There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“A sense of curiosity is nature’s original school of education.”
– Smiley Blanton

“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest–a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
– Albert Einstein

Grass and Fog

Grass and Fog
(Photo by TGAW)

“I am at two with nature.”
– Woody Allen

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