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A Special Thank You….

Protecting nature and keeping her clean are crucial ways to show our gratitude. And a beautiful thank you note is nice too…. Next time you’re…
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Al Fresco Pie Kit

From June to August, when wild blueberries, wineberries, raspberries and blackberries ripen, put together a pie kit and head for your favorite berry patch. All…
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Compass Detectives

Make a treasure hunt using compass coordinates on hidden notes as clues. Then see how well your friends fare! Along the way you’ll learn how…
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Dawn Chorus

The dim, brisk, wee early morning is all yours, wrapped up together in a blanket relishing silent sips of hot chocolate, ears pricked up, eyes…
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DIY Fossil Sifter

Sifting for fossils requires…… a sifter! Below are links to some easy instructions for building the ideal tool. That said, anything that separates bigger pieces…
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Drinking Nature

Add Sweet Woodruff (ideally before it has bloomed) to lemonade, apple juice or white wine for 45 minutes and drink in the Spring! In the…
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Fairy Villages

As you stroll along in search of your favorite, most idyllic setting, pick up little twigs, seed pods, pretty fallen leaves and any other natural…
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Ginkgo Roses

A single ginkgo leaf is a perfect, elegant beauty. Each November, we are lavished with a thick yellow carpet of them. To preserve at least…
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Holiday Bird Seed Ornaments

Especially in the winter, birds can use a little help from their friends (that’s you 🙂 ). These seed ornaments are a perfectly festive way…
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Holiday Bird Treat Garlands

Popcorn and fresh cranberries make a stunning indoor/outdoor garland – especially against a dark green backdrop. And the outside ones are a lovely snack for…
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Holiday Tree for the Birds

A festively adorable garden decoration for you, a bewildering smorgasbord of treats for the birds! And a really fun afternoon of nature crafting! BIRD SEED…
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Ice Sun Catchers

These fleeting ice beauties are a lovely way to showcase natural treasures – illuminated in the winter sun like sparkling stained glass windows. You just…
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Leaf Kites!

On a gusty Autumn day, bring some string along to an open meadow and collect an assortment of large, broad leaves (maple and oak work…
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Leaf Lanterns

What to do with all of those gorgeous leaves? Make them glow! You just need wax paper, an iron, construction paper, string, a twig and…
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Leaf Maze

Before you take a blower to the carpet of leaves in your garden, give your child a rake to carve some pathways. Older kids might…
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Leaf Regalia

Simple yet magnificent! Next time you head into the woods, bring along a 2″ x 20″ long strip of card stock (or, we stapled together…
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Microdetective

Grabs 4 sticks to outline a square patch on the ground. Then find at least 20 things in that square to describe. Then double down…
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Monarch Nursery

This one requires close parent supervision and at least a 2- to 3-week commitment. If you’re prepared for that, read on! This activity is inspired…
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Mud Potpourri

Dress appropriately for this one. On your way to your mud source (a few dependable spots below), gather fallen leaves, petals, grasses, anything on the…
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Nature in alphabetical order

Gather everybody’s senses and focus on nature’s details all around you as you take turns finding creatures, plants, landscape in alphabetical order. “A” is for…
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Nature Mad Libs

The perfect pastime when everybody needs a break – or a good laugh! One person writes down 4 or 5 sentences describing their surroundings, leaving…
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Nature Medallion

You can spiral-weave anything that’s long, pliable and not too frail into a medallion. And the treasure hunt for items which meet that criteria in…
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Orange Sun Catcher Garland

Dried orange slices catch the sunlight like nature’s stained glass. If you have an orange or two past their prime for eating, slice them as…
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Painting Rocks – With Rocks

My son discovered this cool painting technique at Jacob’s Creek, where the beaches are full of red-tinged flat rocks. He pulverized them by rubbing one…
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Pea Teepee

One of our favorite sweet snacks from the garden in the summertime is a handful of fresh, chompy, succulent sugar snap peas. And they’re not…
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Pine Cone Bird Feeders

Our most successful and easiest to make bird feeder yet! Coat a pine cone in peanut butter, roll it in bird seed. And hang on…
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Rock-n-Roll Composer

Composing a melody has never been so easy – or fateful. You’ll need someone who knows how to read music and ideally plays a portable…
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Sculptures

With some vines or long grasses and a pile of twigs, you can make a panda bear, a giraffe or a lion. Find a nice…
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Secret Passages

Sometimes the best way to get from one place to another is on a NOT footpath. See if you can find special tunnels to move…
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Snow Ice Cream

We definitely scream for this ice cream! It’s as easy to make as it is yummy. With the intense sweetness of condensed milk, our favorite…
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Snow Taffy

Turn maple syrup (or honey) into a taffy lollipop! Not only was this a scrumptious activity, it also precipitated discussions about matter changing from solid…
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Snowflake Muse

It’s amazing how perfectly kaleidoscopic snowflakes look when you really examine them closely. Seed pods, leaves, and dried flowers in your garden are great places…
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Team Art

Everyone has his or her own way of drawing and coloring, which you can clearly see when you compare two people’s renderings of the same…
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Train Gazing

Whose eyes don’t widen after their ears hear the rumble of a train? It’s just plain exciting. And if yours is the kind of little…
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Tree huggers

Have you ever gotten to know a tree so well that you could recognize it with your eyes closed? This game is about doing exactly…
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Unexpected Masterpieces

That beauty hides in the overlooked stuff is one of nature’s wonderful life lessons. Every season offers up this teaching moment. For me, an undeniable…
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Walking the Canopies

Hold a mirror just under your eyes on top of your nose and watch the tops of the trees as you walk. It’s another world…
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Waterscopic

Using a milk carton or yogurt tub, you can make a device that gives you a fish’s eye view of the underwater world. Cut away…
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