People of all ages learn about the wonders of nature by engaging their senses. Textbooks and lectures might work well for subjects like math, but redwood science is best understood when smelled and touched. That’s one of the reasons plans are underway to renovate and improve the Nature Museum and Research Center at Big Basin.
When he leads his school programs, Henry Cowell Interpreter, Steven Ellmore, often begins with a question: “Who does this land actually belong to?” The children suggest that the owner might be the governor. Maybe it’s the ranger. When he explains that this park actually belongs to each of them, their eyes and mouths open wide. They appear visibly pleased with this new information. But there’s a catch.