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Nature Exchange disclosure
"Children must be put in the way of things worth observing"- Charlotte Mason
Our nature exchange is an exciting part of How To: The Early Years. Part of observing nature and being good stewards of our natural world is cultivating a responsibility in our children and emulating that ourselves. To that end, each nature exchange member is responsible for researching and following standard guidelines when mailing nature exchange boxes. How To: the Early Years will accept no responsiblity and will not be held responsible for mailings that go against any guidelines outlined below and elsewhere online. Additionally, HowTo:The Early Years is not responsible for lost or damaged packages and are not responsible for those that choose not to follow the laws and/or mailing guidelines. We reserve the right to deny current or future participation to anyone who does not comply with rules and/or requirements.
Prior to mailing your exchange box, please review invasive species vs introduced species and learn more here about invasive species in the U.S. Additionally, each nature exchange participant should research their specific state regulations. Don't contribute to the intorduction of invasive species shipping, boating, garden planting, escaping captivity or cargo transportation. Learn more here. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 discusses mailing songbird feathers and/or eggs. You can learn more about this here and here.In accordance and compliance with this law, please do not send these items.
The best nature exchange works like this:
- Don’t plant any seeds you receive.
- Sterilize seeds and other items (if necessary) before you send them. This can be done by placing the seeds on a cookie sheet and baking at 300 degrees for 30 min or in a paper bag in the microwave on high for 5 min.
- Please don't send bark as it may begin to deteroirate during mailing. Consider making bark rubbings instead!
- If you choose to throw away your received objects, consider burning them instead of throwing them in the trash.
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