Suz Lipman's Blog (34)

Dance Around a Maypole for May Day

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 — No Comments

Celebrate May Day with Floral Wreaths, Crowns and Baskets

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 — No Comments

Earth Day and Every Day: Ways to Make Gardening Extra Fun for Kids

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 — 4 Comments

Dye Eggs Like the Ancients with Plant Dyes

Wondering what to do with the eggs you might find in nature or during an organized egg hunt? Lots of ideas and instructions for dying, decorating and enjoying can be found on my blog, Slow Family Online.

Some of these were contributed by Molly de Vries of The Fabric Society who dyed eggs with natural plant dyes such as onion skin, turmeric,… Continue

Added by Suz Lipman on April 2, 2010 at 1:07pm — 5 Comments

A Walk in Nearby Woods

I last posted about the treehouse we built for my daughter in the redwoods near our house. It's a lovely spot and, in addition to being a great place to relax beneath the trees, one of its bonuses is that, once you're in it, the surrounding forest opens up to you. Our family recently took a little walk through it, lured by the beauty of the shafts of sunlight that beamed through the tree branches and by the call of owls -- perhaps the same ones who spent part of last summer living in a tree… Continue

Added by Suz Lipman on March 18, 2010 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Treehouse in the Woods

Taking the idea of "nearby nature" to heart, and wanting to honor our teenage daughter's desire to spend more time in it, we recently built a treehouse nestled in the redwood trees by our house. Anna had long enjoyed a special stand of Cathedral Redwoods, which get their name by growing in a circle around a host stump or tree. This circle has about half a dozen trees, each about 150 feet tall.…


Added by Suz Lipman on March 10, 2010 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Congratulations Natural Leaders Juan Martinez and Katia Rossi

I just learned that two members of C&NN's Natural Leaders Network have been featured in important upcoming books.

Juan Martinez, Natural Leader Coordinator, is featured in the book, Hispanics Living Green, by Sharon T. Freeman. A Congressional Reception to celebrate the book will be held March 17.

Juan is also speaking at the Smart Start/Early Childhood… Continue

Added by Suz Lipman on March 9, 2010 at 9:31am — 1 Comment

Mom's Gifts of Nature

Today would have been my mom, Bunnie's, 77th birthday. She died four years ago after a long illness. We were close but our relationship was not without rocky patches. Since I began working for Children & Nature Network a couple of months ago, I can say without hesitation that my appreciation for her has grown. There hasn't been a day…


Added by Suz Lipman on February 28, 2010 at 1:48pm — 5 Comments

New British Study about Nature Disconnect

A new study from Great Britain that appeared on the Children & Nature web site bodes poorly for children and their outdoor lives. According to researchers at Hertfordshire University, while most children are open to outdoor play, their parents are not, and a lack…


Added by Suz Lipman on February 23, 2010 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Join the Great Backyard Bird Count

I am very excited about the Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology's upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count. It takes place Friday-Monday, February 12-15, all over North America. Anyone… Continue

Added by Suz Lipman on February 10, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Inspired by Grass Stain Guru: The Joys of being a Free Range Kid

One of my favorite bloggers, Bethe Almeras, the Grass Stain Guru, has a consistent and wonderful gift for capturing the joys of childhood and the outdoors. She has posted often about simple pleasures, outdoor creatures, and all kinds of activities and play.

Recently she posted a short reminiscence called… Continue

Added by Suz Lipman on February 3, 2010 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Marin, CA Coho have Spawned Again: Walks this Weekend

I just got wind of the late winter return of several Coho salmon to their habitat in Marin County's Lagunitas watershed. This is particularly wonderful news because this had been a year of especially low sightings of this beautiful, endangered salmon.

This weekend is the last one of the season in which to take a Creekwalk to see the salmon, led by a trained naturalist. My family and I have done this 2-hour walk and it is terrific. You… Continue

Added by Suz Lipman on January 28, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Community Service in Nature

January 18th marked the Martin Luther King Day national holiday, and the day designated a national day of service as a way of honoring Dr. King's life and legacy.

National Day of Service has been recognized by Congress since 1994, but it may have been truly popularized last year when President Obama, on the eve of his inauguration, re-declared the day and provided energy and resources toward getting people involved in the service of helping others.

Though the day has… Continue

Added by Suz Lipman on January 20, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

New Year's Resolution: Spend More Time in Nature

Happy New Year!

As we leave the holiday season and swing into 2010, I have many resolutions that involve improved health, balance, time with loved ones, and calm. Foremost among them, and the act that can really enhance all of the above, is, of course, spending more time in nature.…


Added by Suz Lipman on January 4, 2010 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

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