This post, friends, is an invitation – an invitation to participate (with Pari and me) in wild discoveries – in the yard, in the ditches, in flower pots, vegetable beds, forest floors, in and around water bodies, on the terrace of your home, in the balconies or courtyards or patios, in the gardens, parks, jogging tracks.
Here’s the idea. The monsoons (rainy season, in India) here have arrived, and has awakened the dry land with new life, fresh colours and rich fragrance of the soil. The canvas is being repainted and new elements are being added to this canvas with every glorious shower. Elsewhere around the world, it’s a great time for exploration too.
How can we not go outdoors to explore, appreciate and investigate this changing vista – this renewed canvas?
So, we thought, why do it alone? Why not invite all our friends, family, readers, fellow homeschoolers, unschoolers, school-goers, fellow bloggers – to join in in this wild hunt. Age is not a bar. Nor is geography.
So, here we are – shouting out to all you curious, nature-loving, fun-loving, adventurous people to join us in this journey of wild discoveries where we’ll observe, click, take notes, note species, location, description, our impressions, research, questions, inferences and much more – about the wild thing that we go out to find anywhere (as I mentioned in the beginning – yard, terrace, garden, park, forest…)
Read up to know more about this Exploration and how you can join us. Also, other details like when does this start and end, where can we all submit our weekly findings, how can we maintain a journal (if desired) and more.
This is how we go about our #WildDiscovery project.
- This exploration will start on Monday, June 29 and end on Oct 4, Sunday. Yes, it’s going to be a 3-months long exploration. And our WildDiscoverey show-and-tell will happen once a week.
- A weekly submission does not mean we are bound to just one discovery a week. We can go right ahead and discover a ton of wild things every week. One is minimum. Also, I feel that keeping the focus on one will give us the time and space to go deep into studying the subject. Once we’re intrigued by something, we may want to know/read/research more and more all through the week.
- But then, if we do not want to go deep into that matter and rather explore a number of things, that’s totally fine (and fun!)
- Weekly once, each of us will submit our wild discovery in the facebook group that I’ve formed specially for this purpose – WildDiscoveries
- That wild discovery can be anything in the nature that catches your attention, intrigues you, fires your imagination, shocks you or makes you go, “wow, what is THAT!”
- As part of this submission, we share one or more photos, our impressions about that wild thing, any research notes or further info (from books, internet). If you decide to make a video of it, you can share that too.
- PS. All of this – photos, notes, research can be documented by you/your child in the form of a journal too – either online journal (choose from these amazing, free tools) or a physical journal. You can choose to share the link to the journal plus a photo of your wild discovery.
- Anyone can be a part of this project – adults, children, homeschoolers, unschoolers, school-goers, bloggers. It does not matter whether you live in India or not. You all can join in from anywhere you live.
- This is a challenge. So, we’ll all strive to show up every week. I urge that we don’t skip a week, not be inconsistent. And, yet, if you must skip a week or more, you’ll not be disqualified. No! For, the main idea is to have fun. And, if you stop having fun, you can quit – anytime. If you’re not motivated enough for a particular week, I suggest that you push the limit, nudge yourself and keep at it so you find something that gets your adrenalin going.
- If you still don’t feel motivated, give a shout-out in the group. Ask others what they’re upto. Tell them you need to recharge yourself. It’s a team and we all keep pushing each other in good fun. Okay? :-)
- Now, let’s get going. Go get your binoculars, magnifying lens, torch, gum boots, raincoats, note books, discovery bags ready.
Pari and I started this project nearly two weeks before we kick off officially with the community. Pari already has couple of exploration reports up on her blog – Micorrhiza fungus and the Cyclone in Goa (that impacted us directly!)
Now, we’re eager for you to join us. Let us know in the comments section below and I’ll add you to our facebook group, called WildDiscoveries. We already have a few friends who have committed their participation. By joining, you’ll get to connect with a wide (and wildly curious!) variety of people from all across.
If you have any questions, suggestions, ideas please don’t hesitate to share below.