Category Archives: Environment, eco, kids, planet,

Go Wild!

Go wild. It’s time. Summer vacation is in full swing at our house. With so much time together, occasionally, Stephen and Aurora get on each others nerves. One day last week, I heard one of the calls of summering children, … Continue reading

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A Quest for Fiddleheads

Fiddlehead ferns. We talk about harvesting them every year. Dave works with a guy, Claude, who every spring makes a trip to what we call Fiddlehead Island. He is a legend in our house. “Claude says there are so many … Continue reading

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A New Puzzle in the Explorers’ Classroom

  A new rainforest puzzle was recently introduced to the Explorer classroom. One of the best parts of working in an educational environment is that something as simple as a new puzzle can inspire lots of learning and collaboration. The … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentines¬† I gave a hundred Valentines. A hundred, did I say? I gave a thousand¬†Valentines one cold and wintery day. I didn’t put my name on them or any other words because my Valentines were seeds for February birds. Aileen … Continue reading

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Recent Snow

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Christmas 1994 to Christmas 2013

While looking through old photographs, I came across one that I had used for my Christmas card in 1994. My son William was two-years-old and in love with animals. He played with toy animals, we read stories about animals, and … Continue reading

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One Step at a Time

The summit of Mount Monadnock was our goal on a sunny summer day. Friday night we camped at¬†Monadnock State Park at the foot of this popular mountain. Monadnock is said to be the world’s third most climbed mountain, behind Japan’s … Continue reading

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Birds All Year Round

“Ann, I saw a tufted titmouse at my feeder this morning.” “I saw a red-bellied woodpecker at my suet feeder.” “I saw a red-tailed hawk in a tree.” “Me too.” This is how I am greeted at school each morning. … Continue reading

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The Primal Scream

Hiking with children requires some planning: proper clothing, an attainable destination, and a bag of tricks. During a day-after-Christmas hike with my family, my son, William, an Eagle Scout and avid backpacker, taught me a new trick for my bag. … Continue reading

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In Season Fruit

On a Sunday in August, I found myself at Chester Sunday Market, a wonderful farmers market started a few years ago. Local farmers and merchants set up stands in the center of Chester, a small town on the Connecticut River. … Continue reading

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