Where can your child learn physics, botany, hydrology, and zoology, along with observation and classification skills, topped off with a generous dose of patience and lengthened attention span? In your backyard or local park! Equipped with nothing more than a curious mind and her five senses, your child can create theories about the what, why, and how of the world around her. Given a few tools like field guides and a nature journal, she can begin to get to know the wonders around her on a first-name basis. All of these skills are widely applicable to academic endeavors, but also lead to a richer, fuller life.