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Front yard life

This is mostly a reflection. I was thinking about it yesterday after a rare occurrence. I was sitting outside after dinner, like I do most evenings that it is decent, and I was greeted by three young ladies returning from a run. This was a rare occurrence because, apart from the dirt bikers who I […]

4 ways to stay connected to nature even during the school year

School is just around the corner for many and for me it starts tomorrow. I recently read somewhere that kids spend 90% of their time indoors. This becomes even more likely in the fall and winter months because of a combination of school and weather. Compound this with the fact that many schools are doing […]

The wonder of fireflies.

The other night, during an evening walk, I spotted a lone firefly. This was exciting because I seldom see fireflies near my home. It also reminded me of an article that I read recently on the National Wildlife Federation website inviting people to become a firefly watcher. This is sponsered by the Museum of Science […]

5 ways to make use of your child’s rabbit trails

I am a public school teacher. Few people would argue against the idea that public schools tend to treat learning a linear and compartmental thing. By the time most of us are adults, we have become ingrained in the habit of learning that way. The truth of the matter is that learning […]

How to naturescape without offending the neighbors

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I recently had a conversation with an acquaintance I met at an environmental education conference. She is a homeschooling mom and has been letting her yard go more natural to allow her kids to have a place to explore a semi-natural setting. Her neighbors have complained. […]