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A New Look for Fall Leaves

October 15th, 2016

Fall is fabulous! After a sizzling summer, the crisper and cooler fall days gently coax us outside. Here is a creative way to use those stunning fall leaves that cover the ground. Take a hike and collect some fallen leaves that look especially interesting—get many different colors and shapes and sizes. Larger leaves and darker […]

I Dream of a Vegetable Garden

October 9th, 2016

  “All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar.” – Helen Hayes Although winter is near and the summer’s harvest largely gathered, it’s never too early to begin dreaming […]

Let’s Go Outside: Mothing

August 24th, 2016

Here’s a great family activity for a late summer night – mothing! There are at least twenty times the number of moth species as there are butterflies, so moths are easy to find. Two ways to attract moths are light and sugaring. Just put up a white sheet between two trees or two chairs on […]

Magical Milkweed

July 29th, 2016

The miles of roadside ditches and field edges in our rural communities are home to some very important plants. Plants of  the Milkweed family are shelter, lunch, and nursery to a whole host of insects, including the well-known monarch butterfly.  While most people are familiar with the iconic monarch, the other residents of milkweed are often […]

Solar S’mores

July 20th, 2016

Here’s a simple little outdoor activity for younger kids or grandkids — making s’mores with a solar cooker! You will need a deep bowl, aluminum foil, some skewers that fit across the top of the bowl, marshmallows, chocolate bar and graham crackers. Use enough aluminum foil to line the inside of the bowl. Place several […]


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