So where's the science? Beatrice, with unbounded kitten-energy, used every tool and sense available to her in studying an unknown object of interest. She made a hypothesis: It is a cat toy. She inspected (far, near, and sideways.) She manipulated with her only tools (paws) noting the response to a variety of stimuli (paw-pad, claw, tongue, teeth.) She made a chemical analysis (smell and taste). She drew a conclusion: it is a bad-tasting powder-winged, flutter-bug.
The Craigheads didn't have a lot of educational toys, chemistry sets, and the like. With just boxes, jars, and a little hardware added to their boundless energy and innate curiosity, they explored the world around them.
Surviving twin, John Craighead, living in his own home with his wife, and turning 100 this summer, still immerses himself in the outdoor world as he enjoys his teepee in the shadow of the Tetons. And, fortunately for all of us, the Craighead twins and their sister, Jean, wrote many books to bring the glory of nature to others and inspire them to explore on their own.
The vision for explorers of all ages at Craighead House is casual exposure to the Scientific Method: With a starting hypothesis and holding all things constant, they will vary one input at a time, observe the result, and draw conclusions. Experiments might include jars of minnows, boxes of bugs, birds on a perch, bees with honeycombs, or just mud between the toes. Then, inspired, off they will go to study another species in the new wide world. Hopefully, to better understand nature’s importance. May they be blessed with at least nine lives of curiosity.