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One Vacant Lot at a Time

It was in 1993 that we first started working at our vacant lot. For 20 years we have been restoring this land that is sandwiched between a busy roadway and a bike path. Today it is about an acre in size and is a source of food for bees, birds, rabbits, dragonflies, butterflies, and small mammals.


To read more go to: www.oldnaturalist.com/one-vacant-lot-at-a-time/



Added by Lawrence Wade on November 29, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

How To Change The World One Play At A Time

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Added by Jonathan James More on November 26, 2014 at 3:24am — No Comments

Texas Tree Lizard -

Texas Tree Lizard -

This is the largest lizard I have ever caught.  Sometimes called the Texas Spiny Lizard, they can be almost a foot long, even though much of that length is their tail.  They are related to the horny toad in that they have small spikes all over their body.



Added by Wilder Good on November 25, 2014 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Autumn Winds

Poets at Gatewood School open their hearts to the changing season.

Photos contributed by Gatewood 5th graders.


To read student work go to: www.oldnaturalist.com/autumn-winds/…


Added by Lawrence Wade on November 17, 2014 at 8:23am — No Comments

The Power of Play

I came across this brief article outlining the current research evidence that overwhelming supports beginning formal instruction at around the age of seven years old. Read it and see my comments below:…


Added by Julia Cadieux on November 14, 2014 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Let Them Eat Dirt

I am raising a little naturalist. My youngest daughter has always had a thing for the outdoors. From the very first time we took her camping at about 9 months old, and she ate so much dirt it was coming out of her diapers, to when she was a toddler and picking up every rock, leaf, acorn, stick, and flower in sight, to today when she can name off animal facts like an encyclopedia. This kid just absorbs nature. And she is so smart and happy because of it (no bias there).



Added by Julia Cadieux on November 14, 2014 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Bon Voyage to the Birds


"The red-winged blackbird is the true harbinger of spring." This is a sentence I repeat at least two or three times a year. I first hear it at the Connecticut Audobon's Eagle Festival. My children and I went to the festival hoping to learn more about eagles and meet the bird experts. The festival is held in February, when everyone is looking toward spring and the return…


Added by Ann Courcy on November 14, 2014 at 5:07am — No Comments

Buffalo -

Buffalo (or American Bison) used to roam all over the Great Plains in huge herds.  Some accounts say that herds could be over a million animals and stretched out on the plains for twenty miles.  I have a hard time seeing that in my mind.

As everybody knows they almost became extinct about a 100 years ago when…


Added by Wilder Good on November 12, 2014 at 5:49am — No Comments

Raised Garden Elevates More Than Plants


Added by Randy Eady on November 11, 2014 at 3:00am — No Comments

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriculum - LOVE those rainy days!

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Newsletter - October 2014

By Erin Kenny ©2014

It has been one wet month here in the Pacific Northwest! We’ve had record rainfall and have observed the highest levels in our mud puddle to date. The kids excitedly guessed each morning whether the puddle would be bigger or smaller than the last time they were at Cedarsong. There were many days when the kids ran right over to grab the painted measuring sticks to see how high the water was, always…


Added by Erin Kenny on November 10, 2014 at 11:09am — No Comments

Love Thy Nature

Knowing "it's extremely important to have a film depict more about the depth of how interconnected we are with everything around us" is filmmaker Sylvie Rokab's underscore of the theme of Love Thy Nature.

The documentary uses a transformative journey of the disembodied narrator (Liam Neeson) from cynic to enlivened advocate to make this point. Sapien, as the voiceover of humankind is known, begins to fill the blank space that represents the "root cause" of our climate change crisis:… Continue

Added by Randy Eady on November 9, 2014 at 12:09pm — No Comments

The NYC Health Dept is hiring two grant funded Active Design Specialist  positions to help schools and daycare/pre-K be more friendly to active play. Please share these exciting opportunities widely!…

The NYC Health Dept is hiring two grant funded Active Design Specialist  positions to help schools and daycare/pre-K be more friendly to active play.

Please share these exciting opportunities widely!

See posting here: http://www.fphny.org/about/join


Added by Sarah Wolf on November 3, 2014 at 10:22am — No Comments

Praying Mantis -

Praying Mantis -

This Praying Mantis is a female and she is full of eggs.  During the fall they lay hundreds of eggs.  They come out one at a time and form a large organized mound that looks like frothy bubbles.  Later, the egg mound hardens to form a protective layer over the eggs so they can…


Added by Wilder Good on October 21, 2014 at 5:48am — No Comments


While walking in the woods this afternoon, I found an Eastern Box Turtle sitting among the fallen leaves. At some point each autumn, I find a box turtle in about the same location. Today, I learned that they have a limited home range and spend their entire life ranging from…


Added by Ann Courcy on October 18, 2014 at 5:35pm — No Comments

5 Simple and Ingenious Ways to Teach Kids about Nature Through Play And Art

It has become very difficult to get children to appreciate the wonders of the natural world that surrounds them. Why? Because they’re glued to their TVs, laptops, iPads, and mobile phones almost all the time, they don’t like playing outdoors anymore.

Technology has definitely come a long way in making things more convenient for us, but it has also had a lot of undesired effects. It’s…


Added by Jonathan James More on October 16, 2014 at 12:44am — 1 Comment

All in a Day


The kids had a blast outside in their zebra face paint, climbing, crawling, and exploring. We managed to pick a few cups of rose hips for our winter vitamin C, and some other items for…


Added by Kris Antonius on October 14, 2014 at 10:11pm — No Comments

Beeswax Dipped Leaves


To welcome fall, we joined with another family for a walk in the woods at a local natural area. We were greeted by an abundance of…


Added by Kris Antonius on October 14, 2014 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Sweet Learning // Honey Bees


Thanks to our favourite local bee keeper, our bee-learning this fall took on a hands-on dimension. The kids LOVE bees. They totally get it. They get that we eat from the garden (and the stores) thanks to the bees. They are fascinated by these creatures – we all are. And we all love their sweet, sticky goods, too. Even…


Added by Kris Antonius on October 14, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Gray Squirrel -

The Gray Squirrel is the most common squirrel in the U.S.  I love their big bushy gray tail, and watching it move when they run.  It twitches and takes a different form at every step following along like a tail on a kite.

Squirrels are one of the only mammals that can come down a tree headfirst. …


Added by Wilder Good on October 3, 2014 at 11:28am — 1 Comment

The Rains Down in Palestine

This morning in Palestine--the tail-end of September, the Eid al Adha approaching this coming Saturday--it began to rain. Six months ago this happened, and then came the sometimes oppressively hot, always dry, forever beautiful summer, which shone sun on all of Juthour's plants and animals. It limited the shade but brightened the life blood of our community activities we pulled off with great success. One of these was Discovery Days, where we introduced a full immersion of green…


Added by Mashjar Juthour on September 28, 2014 at 6:16am — No Comments

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