We have taken great delight in nature hikes and in visits to museums, zoos, and aquariums, but some of the greatest riches of nature are to be found in our own backyards, where they can be explored at our leisure.
My children found this young garter snake slithering through the grass. It brought back memories of my mother teaching us to catch garter snakes in the backyard when I was a kid. After we let the baby garter go, we had fun learning about snakes from our encyclopedia and some online sites. Garter snakes are among those that give birth to live young–an average of 18 at a time, but as many as 80 in a single litter have been documented!