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The Story of My Land—Keeping a Phenology Journal

By Connie O’Connor    “Every place, like every person, is elevated by the love and respect shown toward it, and by the way its bounty is received.” -- Richard Nelson I bought my first home, hidden away on 3.6 acres of woodland, read more …

Brush Pile? It’s Habitat, Not Waste!

By Jason Neumann, Public Programs Manager My mother is fond of saying “you could sell a dirty oil rag.” Turning garbage into something of value has always been one of my favorite things to do. I’ve been pondering this as I pick up all the read more …

Knowledge & Confidence in the Palm of Your Hand

By Connie O’Connor Here’s a confession: I sometimes dread “what’s this” questions when leading a hike. When I teach Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist students, they express similar concerns. We can’t know everything, but read more …

At Home with Nature: Nest Building (Ages 2-5)

Children can have lots of fun mimicking the creativity of birds and building with natural objects! You’ll need: A nature space to find building materials and an “egg” (a stone, pinecone, or other egg-shaped read more …

At Home with Nature: Fishing the Old Fashioned Way (Ages 5-12)

Pretend fishing is a fun way to get children outside and practicing their concentration. Younger children may need supervision and help to make sure they are playing safely and having fun. Materials needed: Stick, yarn or read more …

At Home with Nature: Phenology Journal (All Ages)

Spring brings fresh changes outside, making it the perfect time to look at phenology, the study of seasonal changes in nature. You’ll need: A journal, a pencil, and a spot outdoors you can return to read more …

Spring Cut Back

By Jason Neumann My yard in suburban Blue Ash is providing solace from the constant news updates. Like most people, I’ve been holed up at home. My calendar cleared, I can no longer make excuses for not tending to the yard. It’s time for the read more …

At Home with Nature: Mud Kitchen (Ages 2-5)

You’ll need: Old kitchen utensils, a pile of soil, and a bin of water.   Optional extras: Paper and markers to make your own menu. Mix the water and soil together, either in the bin or on the ground, and let your child play!  Playing with read more …

At Home with Nature: Nature Weaving (Ages 5-12)

You’ll need: Cardboard, scissors, tape, and yarn. Children may need help making their loom.

Optional extras: Markers to decorate the loom.

 

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