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Goldfinch Fever

At the first hint of spring, I bought two bright yellow thistle feeders—one for the Explorers and one for me and my family. In my twenties, I visited my friends Greg and Melinda, in Martha’s Vineyard. Their house had a … Continue reading

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Jack’s Shares his Exciting Morning

Jack, one of the Explorers at Schoolmates, arrived on a Monday morning with a photograph and a great story about an owl, a mouse, and three blue jays. Earlier that morning, Jack and his mom heard a racket in their backyard. … Continue reading

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My Favorite Kind of Streaming!!!

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Seeing Greens, Lots and Lots of Greens

Turn off the screens and take it outside. Take time from work, from chores, from the day to day-tasks that keep us busy. Adults and children, take it outside. Each week I will challenge you to see and hear new … Continue reading

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A Balancing Act

Lori and Erica, two imaginative teachers at Schoolmates, came up with this activity. At the end of the school day, they braved the wind and cold in search of just the right moss to create a spring-like center for the … Continue reading

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John Muir Quote

  Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating … Continue reading

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I was inspired…

I was inspired by the wind moving the branches of the trees. —Jack

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Wood Frogs Visit the Explorers

Most years as St. Patrick’s Day approaches, I start to listen for the wood frog’s song. There is a swamp and a pond near Schoolmates. These are  favorite breeding spots for wood frogs. I love it when the frogs arrive! … Continue reading

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Snow + Birdseed + Creative Vision

A creative idea for a snow day. The birds and squirrels will love it!

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Hide and Seek with the Moon

It was a clear summer night, and I was driving down a dark wooded road. My son, William, almost 2-years-old, was behind me in his car seat. “Moon,” called William into the silence of the car. I looked to the east … Continue reading

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