“Build them and the fairies will come!” Join Director of the Wunderkind Institute of Nature Discovery and the author of the newly released book, Hairy, Scary, but Mostly Merry Fairies: Curing Nature-Deficit Disorder through Folklore, Imagination, and Creative Activities, for fairy stories, fairy house building (leave-in-the-woods fairy houses), and a fairy observation hike at Huntsville Botanical Garden on Saturday, September 23. Renee will also have books for sale and signing.
Building fairy houses gives children, ages 7-107, an opportunity to balance their play time away from the world of technology. A daily dose of nature will improve attention, focus and memory. Nature also has a healing power, improving children’s cognitive development. Creative play in nature nurtures language and collaborative skills, awareness, reasoning and observational skills. Creative nature play helps to instill a sense of place and connectivity through observation.
Thousands of participants of all ages have attended Renee Simmons Raney’s fairy workshops across the nation…even in Ireland and Canada! She received recognition from Oxford University for this unique program and for her dedication to environmental education. Renee says, “Fairy houses are excellent tools for increasing observation skills. They become “windows into nature.” Thinking on a small scale inspires children to look at everything more closely, whether it is a leaf or a flower or a bug. Instead of looking at the forest as a whole, they begin to see all the diverse components that make up the forest floor, the canopy, and the creatures that inhabit it. There is a whole new world waiting in the woods and the garden! ”
Her book has received rave reviews. Author of Last Child in the Woods and Vitamin N, Richard Louv, says, “The world needs more fairy houses, and more books like this one. Hairy, Scary, but Mostly Merry Fairies! will enchant young readers and is sure to inspire creativity in nature.”
Karen Zweifel of Portico Magazine wrote, “You might think there’s a little fairy blood running in her veins. She’s quick to smile, a little mischievous and completely at home in the forest. Some have called Renee Raney the “Pied Piper of storytelling.” Critics say “there is magic in her voice and she mesmerizes her audience. She exudes fairy dust. We’d follow her anywhere, especially into the kingdom of her imagination!”
Good for ALL ages!
Members: Adults $15; Children $10
Non-Members: Adults $28; Children $18 (Price includes Garden Admission)
Fee includes presentation in the Arbor followed by fairy garden activities outside.