“We know that God is everywhere; but certainly we feel His presence most when His works are on the grandest scale spread before us; and it is in the unclouded night-sky, where His worlds wheel their silent course, that we read clearest His infinitude, His omnipotence, His omnipresence.” Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
Visiting the Newport Beach Back Bay is one of our favorite places to hike and explore. The cool coastal breeze, the long dirt paths, and the hands-on nature center make this place perfect for curious hands and adventurous spirits. Every time we embark on our Back Bay journey, we cross paths with different birds, rodents, and lizards, and we find an endless supply of sticks that always seems to end up in our car!
As a homeschool mom, I am always tying in our lessons with our outings. The Back Bay provides endless discoveries for our science studies. Their nature journal is filled with drawings of critters, flowers, ponds, and more! One of our favorite finds is when we come across an animal track. They use their animal track book as a reference and discover what animal traveled this location earlier.
Being outside exploring also provides thoughtful discussion about the creation of the world, and our Creator God. Being out in the beauty of God’s creation instantly sparks questions and candid thoughts about our Amazing God. I love these moments with my children where I can point them to the one true God who created heaven and earth. As young children they have a deep understanding that for there to be creation, there has to be a Creator. I use the analogy of a painting: in order for there to be a painting, there was first an artist! “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” Psalm 19:1