Happy May Day, everyone. I find this mid-spring holiday full of inspiring and fairly simple traditions. Since I last wrote about May Day wreaths, I thought I'd look into the tradition of the maypole.
The first maypoles were humble pine trees, which were carried in processions to Ancient Roman temples to honor the goddess Flora and celebrate spring. In Pagan Medieval… Continue
Added by Suz Lipman on April 30, 2010 at 12:00pm —
“Enchanted worlds still exist because the child within us never dies. The doorways may be more obscure, but we can still seek them out. There are still noble adventures to undertake. There are still trees that speak and caverns… Continue
Added by Sarah Crutchfield on April 29, 2010 at 5:00pm —
What can you do for Arbor Day this year? Planting a tree would be the obvious answer and a great one at that.
I would like to suggest another idea for everyone to add to their lists. A great way to get outside and make a fun project for the kids is to make…
Added by Blake Linnekin on April 29, 2010 at 11:30am —
Inspired by Kari's beautiful video about making dandelion crowns
, I decided to look into the practice of making floral crowns, wreaths and May baskets to celebrate May Day, which will be on Saturday and marks the mid-point between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice.
It turns out that… Continue
Added by Suz Lipman on April 28, 2010 at 4:00pm —
After spending the past few weeks writing about natural elements in children's play spaces, I inspired myself to build a bush cubby with the kids at preschool.
I gathered up some intrepid stick hunters and we headed outside to gather up some of the long, sturdy sticks we could see lying on the ground.
These boys love their sticks, and were quite thrilled that we were blatently breaking the "no sticks bigger than… Continue
Added by Jennifer Kable on April 27, 2010 at 5:25pm —
Holmdel Preschool celebrated Earth Day in a big way with poems, songs and art along with a parent/child project of earth renewal with spring planting. The children so enjoyed doing planting for our earth day project we have now taken it a step further and we are now cultivating and preparing to have a vegetable garden for the lunch and snack program!
Added by debbie on April 23, 2010 at 6:00pm —
Please thank your local tree service for Earth Day. They are out there every day doing work on the Earth to make it a more beautiful place for all. If you don't know one, call one up or find one near you on www.TreeService.com
. Take your kids out and let them watch a certified arborist climbing a tree. I have taken my boys out to watch crews trimming trees and climbing and it is amazing how much they learn. It is a great time to teach them about different… Continue
Added by Blake Linnekin on April 23, 2010 at 9:30am —
Earth Day at The Cabin Path..an all day event! We began with a morning walk..listening to the songs of birds and frogs. We saw nesting geese and the Great Blue Heron. We looked for more wildflowers and identified more trees. We collected some leaves and sticks for an art project, and then we sat in the labyrinth cove and watched the rippling water and talked about what Earth Day meant to them .…
Added by Sarah Crutchfield on April 22, 2010 at 7:03pm —
With Earth Day upon us, not to mention the warmer and longer spring days, many of us have been heading into our gardens. Around much of the Northern Hemisphere, this is the peak time to sow some seeds into the ground, as well as plant a lifelong gardening habit into the children in our lives.…
Added by Suz Lipman on April 22, 2010 at 3:30pm —
Happy Earth Day! Please view this special Earth Day Show created by kids in the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado as they share their message on how to keep our planet healthy! http://www.visualizeaplace.com
Thanks and have fun in the beautiful outdoors!
Added by Catherine Adams on April 21, 2010 at 11:46pm —
When I was a little girl, A Girl Iof the Limberlost
was my favorite story. I identified with the girl because she played the violin and loved nature. There were other reasons, too, but I won't go into those in a public blog.
I just wrote an article about the Gene Stratton Porter experiences kids can have in Indiana. Both of her Indiana homes are open to the public, and they are a wonderful way to get a look into the life of someone who put nature… Continue
Added by Karla Akins on April 20, 2010 at 9:09pm —
Furry Vengeance is a live action family comedy in which an ambitious young real estate developer, Dan Sanders, faces off with a band of angry animals when his new housing subdivision pushes too far into a pristine part of the wilderness. Led by an incredibly clever raccoon, the animals stymie the development and teach our hero about the environmental consequences of man's encroachment on nature.
The Social Action Campaign for Furry… Continue
Added by Lindsay Guetschow on April 14, 2010 at 2:45pm —
Good morning on this amazing Colorado blue bird day! Check out the photo of the week by Dylan during one of our photo workshops at Aspen Community
Added by Catherine Adams on April 14, 2010 at 7:36am —
Continuing our discussion about how everything in nature is connected, we started our trail walk looking for signs and sounds of birds. We saw nesting Canada geese, a Wood Duck in a hollow tree, a squawking soaring Red Tailed Hawk, a Nuthatch scouting a nesting place, and we stopped to hear the concert of a beautiful male Cardinal. With a threat of rain, the woods seemed to be filled with a chorus of hundreds of songs from… Continue
Added by Sarah Crutchfield on April 9, 2010 at 5:52am —
IT’S TIME TO EXPLORE! 102 missions that challenge kids to (re)discover our world. Kids of…
Added by Daniel Raven-Ellison on April 7, 2010 at 2:30pm —
This is the time of year when we really notice the shapes of the trees. The deciduous trees are really showing off their “bone structure,” seeing the tree’s silhouette against a blue spring sky or seeing the darkness of the wet bark after a spring rain contrasting with the new chartreuse colors of early leaves…..so pretty!
We did a little activity today called Tree Body Sculptures, suggested by my sis Katrina who needed some pics of this activity for her arboretum brochure, we went… Continue
Added by Lisa on April 7, 2010 at 10:57am —
I am one of the rare ones: I was born in Florida and have lived here my entire life. 23 years in Pensacola, 6 years in Tampa, and the last 12 in Jacksonville. In all that time, I've Continue
taken my home state for granted. Summers swimming at Pensacola Beach,
camping at Fort Pickens, fishing in Tampa Bay, enjoying the St. Johns
River in Jacksonville. I remember complaining about beach and camping
trips, only wanting to stay inside to read books, watch…
Added by Mark Meyers on April 7, 2010 at 7:10am —
I have just learned about a threat to Winkler Botanical Preserve in western Alexandria, Virginia, an irreplaceable natural gem in the heart of my densely-populated urban neighborhood.
The Department of
Defense's BRAC 133 is currently being built right next to the Preserve, and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has proposed a new highway access ramp to 395 that would cut right through the Preserve
Winkler Botanical… Continue
Added by Cat on April 5, 2010 at 10:39am —
These are the three elements to attracting wildlife. Most people begin with the food by putting up a feeder or two and food is a big attractant. Often the next step is adding a water feature. Water features can range from the complex and expensive to the simple and inexpensive.
I remember my uncle and I used to sit in his back yard. He had put in an elevated waterfall fountain where the water tumbled down like water in a mountain spring to a small sunken pond. On warm… Continue
Added by beth chase on April 4, 2010 at 6:30pm —
We are doing a trip next week with my son's school. We are going to a camp and doing environmental learning and will be gone two nights. I am excited about it. I was wondering if you guys think it is normal to require Travel Health Insurance
for such a trip. Our family already has medical insurance and I hate to pay extra for more insurance. I understand that everyone doesn't have coverage and they really just want to… Continue
Added by Cammi Madison on April 2, 2010 at 6:26pm —