Neighborhood Nature

Our Family's Nature Blog

Collector’s Garden is Open for the Season! March 13, 2009

Filed under: Animals,Bugs,Children's Interests,Fossils,Geology,Rocks — saltthesandbox @ 10:44 am
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The Collector’s Garden is a special rock garden where children can pick the rocks and shells (instead of picking flowers). It’s on our front lawn in south Oak Park:

Kids can collect rocks, shells, and fossils in the Collector's Garden.

Children can collect rocks, shells, and fossils in the Collector's Garden.

If you visit the Garden, please follow the rules:

Each child can take home the five best things they find each day.

Each child can take home the five best things they find each day.

We stock the Garden with dozens of kinds of rocks and shells, plus shark teeth and other fossils:

You can find all sorts of natural things in the Garden.

You can find all sorts of natural things in the Garden. The exact mix varies from day to day.

Please be careful — the shark teeth are still very sharp! And please excuse the dead leaves left from last fall. The worms and bugs will eat them up over the next month or so. (Or maybe you didn’t want to think about that.)

Here are some resources to help you identify the rocks you find:

Where do we get these specimens? Many types of rocks are sold in 50-pound bags at hardware or garden stores. We buy some shells and fossils in bulk at the local rock club shows or various Web stores. We find other things on trips, or folks give them to us. We’re just always on the look out. Here’s a Web page with information about some of the specimens you may find in the Garden, including where you can get them: http://www.saltthesandbox.org/wonderworks/saltedsandbox.htm

Why do we do it? Because we’re trying to make our densely populated neighborhood a better place for nature-loving kids. When my boys were little, I used to feed their collecting interests by “salting” their sandbox with small specimens of natural things. Now we salt our gravelly garden for the whole neighborhood.

By the way, if you don’t know where we live but want to visit, please e-mail me at eric@saltthesandbox.org.

 

2 Responses to “Collector’s Garden is Open for the Season!”

  1. Jeff Reiter Says:

    This is very cool! GREAT idea. Love it.

  2. […] and his wonderful Salt the Sandbox blog. He also has more rock activities in his family’s Neighborhood Nature blog. The link takes you to the Collectors Garden on his front lawn. It’s a place for anyone […]


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