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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…

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

Camouflage

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…

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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…

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

All in a Day

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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…

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

Beeswax Dipped Leaves

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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…

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

Sweet Learning // Honey Bees

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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…

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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. …

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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…

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

Deep ecology notions for children

In these overwhelming yet promising times we live in and, especially, for the future we want, our children need to be taught more about ecology and the environment and how these relate to their own inner self and identity as human beings.



It is my vision that Deep Ecology notions as they were once defined by Norwegian activist and philosopher Arne Naess since the 70s, added to further exciting developments such as those disclosed in Secrets of the Soil, The Reflexive Universe and…

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Added by Robert Rajabally on September 19, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

7 Exciting Nature Play Ideas for Kids

 As new generation digital trends continuously dominate your children’s daily activities, the extinction of outdoor play becomes increasingly prominent.

There are several reasons why kids should go outside. If you’ll read the article in the Business Insider, you’ll find that kids who habitually walk outdoors will likely have sharper memories than those who don’t. As reported in this study,…

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Added by Jonathan James More on September 17, 2014 at 7:38am — No Comments

Take it Outside: Share a Hike

During the summer, my son William and I spent four days working together at Dinners at the Farm. As we drove back and forth to Barberry Hill Farm, we passed Chatfield Hollow…

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Added by Ann Courcy on September 16, 2014 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Just a Haircut?

Just a haircut?…

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Added by Emily Kent on September 15, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Treeswe may never sit under

Hello again from Palestine and our 2.5 acres of a hilltop community eco-park. We are working hard to commemorate the victims of Gaza, our brothers and sisters who have had their homes bulldozed, bombed, land carved out and stolen, families and memories obliterated by the Israeli forces. We're always championing environmental activism up at Juthour, and this month's big project is really looking ahread to the green future of Palestine-- we're planting young, promising trees around old wise…

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Added by Mashjar Juthour on September 10, 2014 at 3:21am — No Comments

Sermons in Stones

Sermons in stones

When was the last time you played darts? Don't worry, I couldn't remember either, but I did remember that hitting the bullseye was a buzz, so I thought we'd recreate the pub version…

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Added by Real Wild One on September 10, 2014 at 1:17am — No Comments

Dakota Goes to Hot Springs National Park, AR

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Well, I told you that I would be back with this. There was too much fun in Arkansas to just leave you hanging and Humom has now learned to retrieve. This doesn't make much sense to me but she had to learn in order to find lost photos that were stuck somewhere in the keyboard...? Anyways, we are both happy to finally have the lost…

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Added by Dakota Goes on September 5, 2014 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Geed up on Geocaching!

I first came across geocaching on Nature Play SA's list of 51 Things To Do Before You're 12 where "find a geocache in your neighbourhood" features at number six. It stood out as the only activity on the list I'd not heard of, and the description "global GPS treasure hunt you can do with most phones" piqued…

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Added by Claire Lock on September 1, 2014 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Outdoor Adventures Are Best Spent With Dads

Kids make the greatest adventurers. Having said this, you may have well realized that going on an outdoor adventure would not be complete without having your kids in tow.

Don’t be surprised to find your kids leading when it comes to coming up with diverse outdoor activities you’ll enjoy yourself, particularly, during kids’ bonding time with dad. Kids turn to their dad for primary companionship when going on several exciting adventures outdoors. This is…

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Added by Jonathan James More on August 27, 2014 at 12:49am — No Comments

Road Trip and the Beautfy of Nature

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Added by Karla Akins on August 20, 2014 at 9:48am — 1 Comment

Go Wild!

Go wild. It's time. Summer vacation is in full swing at our house. With so much time together, occasionally, Stephen and Aurora get on each others nerves. One day last week, I heard one of the calls of summering children, "Stop it. Give it back. Don't." My reply was, "Please stop arguing. Pack some plastic containers into backpacks and get your bikes. We are going…

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Added by Ann Courcy on August 19, 2014 at 3:47am — No Comments

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