#OPLSummer Week 9: Nature Close at Hand

We live by calm bay and tree-topped hills, busy shorebirds and hawks gliding above. This week we finish summer by focusing on the nature we find close at hand.

As we all emerge from our collective isolation, the weather improves and  calls us outdoors. The sun hangs high in the  sky, and we discover what we have missed.  

But one thing we never lost was nature, ever present.  

Dog on hike surrounded by redwood treesWe see nature in the pets we welcome into our homes... and the pests we fight to keep out!

We see nature in the potted herbs that line a neighbor’s balcony and the  overturned trashcan, showing signs of a wily possum in the night.

Nature runs through the creeks and streams, crisscrossing Oakland. Nature scrambles up the many fruit trees you find in East Oakland’s yards, remnants of the orchards that once blanketed the area.

This summer many families will travel to state and national parks in search of unique sights and breathtaking beauty. But this week we train our eyes on the nature that lives, plays, eats close at hand. 

Our children’s librarians recommend starting your local nature journey with these materials. Many can be borrowed as an eBook or streaming video from home.  

OPL is so excited to host NorCal Bats on Saturday, July 24th at 10:30am. Being noctural animals, bats are rarely seen up close, so we’ve arranged the perfect program to satisfy your curiosity! This virtual presentation will address the myths about bats and how they positively impact our local environment. Click here to sign up! 

We will also host the Museum of Children’s Arts (MOCHA) for a virtual craft program on Thursday, July 29th at 4:00pm. This week MOCHA will teach us how to make leaf prints using real leaves you find outside. Click here to sign up, and get creative with us!

If you miss our crafting on Thursday, Oakland’s own Children’s Fairyland offers an online nature series for kids ages 4-8, called Flora and Fauna. Every episode has engaging, nature-based activities to try. 

We hope you enjoy opening your eyes to the small and large nature around you!