J is not really all about the outdoors. He loves to play with his friends outside and he loves a good playground, but nature hikes and nature study he could do without. So C and I have intentionally made an effort to comment about beautiful things outside. That way J notices them, but we are not asking him to participate. We are sneaking education on him.
Today while walking from the park J said "Mama those are pretty sticks."
When I looked over, I had to laugh. He was pointing to a pile of dead limbs that had been gathered by the lawn maintenance people, but I will take any type of participation I can get.