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Nature Centers: Mini travel destinations with maxi rewards

When my husband and I travel we like to take a guided tour of a new community. The orchestrated information and insider's guide to the community has proven to make our travel most enjoyable.

So...with that in mind, I'd also like to suggest that the coming holidays could be made more stimulating and enjoyable by having your family and/or friends journey together to a nature center or two.

If you travel, you can see one afar and go back home and enjoy your own local nature center with new eyes. To discover the native wildlife is to appreciate their role in your daily life. And to discover THEIR role in your life will deepen your reverence for life and the beauty of living in harmony.

And what better message to warm your heart during these life- enhancing holidays! God's creation can speak directly to your heart...

Here is a Web site that will help you discover nature centers near and far... and a few samples of the listings...

Great Plains Nature Center
Learn about the flora and fauna of the Great Plains.

Chula Vista Nature Center
Learn about sweetwater and endangered species.

Johnson Wildflower Center
Lots of native plant information.

Tree Hill Nature Center
This Florida center has lots of nature info.

Monteverde Butterfly Garden
Take a virtual tour of this center in Costa Rica.

Canadian Museum of Nature
Specimans cover 4 billion years of Earth's history.

Ariz. Sonora Desert Museum
Plant and animal life in the desert.

For more articles about California Nature

California Beach Communities
Common Native Plants of Southern California Uplands
Natural Los Angeles Resources
Common Native Wildlife of Southern California
Common Native Birds of Southern California
Attracting California birds with native plants
Los Angeles Urban Forest
There's a Park Near You in Los Angeles
News about the SoCal Environment
Least Terns Preserve on the LA Beach
Visiting California Beach Communities - An Overview
Los Angeles Area Nature Link List