Year after year, I’d go from being totally floored to carefully select or craft Christmas gifts only to slump when it was time to wrap them. Not only did I dislike using up a bunch of paper product to wrap our gifts, but the readily available, last minute – ahem – wrapping paper options weren’t stellar either.
Here are just two simple things we’ve done over the…Continue
Added by Kris Antonius on December 17, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Whitetail Doe -
A doe is a female deer. Does look similar to bucks, but they are graceful and beautiful in a different way. And they never have antlers, of course.
A buck is probably chasing this doe. Whitetails are close to the end of the rut right now. The rut is when bucks go crazy with hormones and start fighting…Continue
Added by Wilder Good on December 11, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
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
Added by Jonathan James More on November 26, 2014 at 3:24am — No Comments
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.
Unlike every other lizard I know of, these guys live in trees or around tall…Continue
Added by Wilder Good on November 25, 2014 at 4:45pm — No Comments
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
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:…Continue
Added by Julia Cadieux on November 14, 2014 at 1:46pm — No Comments
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
"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…Continue
Added by Ann Courcy on November 14, 2014 at 5:07am — No Comments
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 hunters killed them off for their thick woolly coats. …Continue
Added by Wilder Good on November 12, 2014 at 5:49am — No Comments
Added by Randy Eady on November 11, 2014 at 3:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Erin Kenny on November 10, 2014 at 11:09am — No Comments
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!
See posting here: http://www.fphny.org/about/joinContinue
Added by Sarah Wolf on November 3, 2014 at 10:22am — No Comments
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 hatch without being eaten. Then the mother mantis…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Ann Courcy on October 18, 2014 at 5:35pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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 nature crafts. All in a day. Er, half day. The best part? Milo…Continue
Added by Kris Antonius on October 14, 2014 at 10:11pm — No Comments
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 tiny characters beneath the trees; little acorns wearing their adorable…Continue
Added by Kris Antonius on October 14, 2014 at 10:09pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kris Antonius on October 14, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments