You know who would be really good at geology? Gimli. He’s the Lord of the Glittering Caves, for crying out loud, so you think he’d have no problem classifying rocks and minerals. Gimli would have all of them neatly organized, priced according to their weight and rarity, and already at auction before you could slay a warg. Good luck with that, by the way. Wargs are serious business.
While we all can’t be like Gimli, you and your kids can learn to identify and catalog all kinds of rocks and minerals with the help of the National Audubon Society. Their Pocket Guide to Familiar Rocks and Minerals has more information than you can throw an axe at, showing off all kinds of pictures of different rocks and minerals to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
Even if you or your kids are not actively looking for something, and you just want to know what it is that you’ve found, the Pocket Guide will have the rock somewhere within its pages. Detailed explanations go along with each rock or mineral, helping your kids learn about the rocks they’re finding.
Same goes for animal tracks. In this regard, the National Audubon Society’s Pocket Guide to Familiar Animal Tracks has you and your family covered.
This detailed book has everything you need to know about how to properly track all kids of animals, including detailed illustrations, as well as clues present in each animals tracking marks that will help you figure out which animal you’re looking out for, and where they went.
Again, be careful. You might come upon a bobcat feeding on a deer carcass. More likely, you’ll find a world of wonderful creatures wandering about in the woods right behind your house.