World Wetlands Day 2012: Part 2

Aransas NWR Gator in the Wetland (c)Beth Chase/TheNatureSchool all rights reserved

February 2nd is World Wetlands Day. The theme this year is Wetland Tourism: A Great Experience. Perhaps you have visited some famous wetlands and can describe your own experience, perhaps not. You don’t have to travel far to find wetlands, very likely there […]

Halloween’s creepiest critter

Spiders are the creepy crawly we love to hate but at Halloween, when we cheerfully let them decorate our homes, here are a few fun facts that will encourage you to love them. […]

Monarch Migration 2011

This post is inspired by a few things.

First there was my observation to my best friend and fellow nature nut that I hadn’t seen any Monarchs so far this year. We hypothesized that the drought and fires were taking their toll on them as they tried to work there way south. Then, about a […]

Hula Hoop ecology

Hula Hoop Girl from FreePhoto.net stock photo

Ecology is simply the study of how organisms interact with each other and their environment. It can often feel too overwhelming to study if you are not trained as a scientist. How do you keep track of all those interactions? To get a simple overview of ecology […]

Connecting to nature is not about scale

“What mattered to my father (Edward Kennedy) was not the scale of an accomplishment, but that we did our share to make the world better,” Kara Kennedy.

Kara Kennedy died today. I know this because of an NPR headline that I saw my iGoogle page. Were it not for that fact I would […]

Earth Hour Mar 26, 2011

Next Saturday, Mar 26 is the 2011 day to celebrate Earth Hour and, at 8:30 pm your time, turn out all your lights and non-essential electric appliances and celebrate the transition from day to night. Click the link above and get lots of ideas and information.

As you know from past posts, […]

National Wildlife Week

From Monday, Mar 14 through Friday Mar 19 the National Wildlife Foundation is celebrating National Wildlife Week. The theme this year is “The Wildlife That Moves Us”. What is that for you?

For me it’s birds. I remember, as a child, having a copy of The Little Giant Golden Book of Birds […]

Citizen Science with Globe at Night

Night Sky from FreePhotos.com by Exsodus

Among my fondest childhood memories were the family drives to the desert near our home in Phoenix, Arizona. The time was the mid 1960s. We would drive to the desert, stopping along the way for A&W root beer floats. Once in the desert, near Globe, […]

What’s in a name?

Image Mark Aert from FreePhoto.com

Okay, so language may not be the only tool to build connection but I think it is one of the most powerful ones. In his book, To Have or To Be, psychiatrist Erich Fromm puts forth the premise that language colors our whole perception of what […]

14 Christmas Gifts for the Budding Naturalist

FreePhoto.com Image by Simon Howden

Shopping for the nature lover is easy. Gifts to help the nature lover, especially a budding one, can be simple and inexpensive. Gifts like these don’t usually require batteries or cables. The object of the game is to keep is simple. This is about connecting to […]