Jan 25th, 2011 | By | Category: Youth Blog

Everything great had to have started from something small. For instance, take Wal-Mart. Sam Walton, the founder, was raised in a small town in Missouri. All he had was a dream. Forever hardworking, he managed to hold down a job even during the Great Depression. After serving in the army during World War II, Walton opened his first store in Newport, Arkansas. Who knew that Walton would once be branded the greatest entrepreneur of all time? The richest man in the world (according to Forbes) for three consecutive years? One of the greatest philanthropists the world has ever known?

My point is, everything big started out small. If you know your history, then you know how the 13 British colonies transformed into the greatest independent nation in the world. The same rules apply to national parks. A naturalist is not made in a day. Therefore, by cultivating a love of nature in the dawn of their lives, children will want to visit National Parks. One of the best ways to connect with nature is to grow a garden. Being outdoors may be the first step but watering, watching, and cherishing the simple joys that nature gives us such as fruits and flowers is essential for everyone.

Growing up in Phoenix, one realizes that the options for gardening are limited. However, I was able to take care of the houseplants by watering and trimming them. In our backyard, we have thriving orange trees. And whenever orange-season comes around, guess who gets to pluck them?   Gardening is a simple action which provides hours of delight. From the anticipation of playing in the mud to eating what you have grown, gardening is the perfect way to instill a sense of the outdoors in not only kids, but everyone.


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