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Knight Life: Natural History
Natural History Camp boys collect bugs, fish in a pond, go crabbing on the bay, swim in a quarry and explore creeks.

Natural History is an unusual sounding term at first hearing. What does one study in such a class? The history of nature? History is about dates and battles and kings, but does the natural world have events worthy of memorizing for the next all-nighter? If the term is unpacked it reveals something encompassing the collecting of monarchs, but these monarchs have six legs and vibrant orange wings emblazoned with black velvet stripes. Is that a sycamore or a red maple you pass every day on the way to school? The world is an open book that can be read anytime.

The monarch butterfly really does wander by the same path every day looking for nectar and all unconsciously kick the pollen into the waiting pistils of the rose while the vigilant Robin looks on at the lowly worm which toils upward aerating the soil readying it for the cherry seed undigested by the passing Blue Jay whose fertilized package drops down onto the waiting earth which inhales the rain droplets brought in by the west wind which whirls high above under the sun's radiant beams...

The bulk of our knowledge is filtered through the windows of our eyes. If we don't take an interest in the distinctions to be made among the flowers beneath our feet there is no reason to assume that we will ever be able to know the world with anything close to the precision required to see its lovely order.

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