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5 Ways You and Your Kids Can Reconnect with Nature

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Are you looking for a way to get “unplugged” from indoors. National Get Outdoors Day is June 11th and here are 5 ways you can reconnect with nature from the new Ad Council/USDA Forest Service campaign. It’s called “Discover the Forest” and is designed to help kids and families discover the wonders of nature and the forest.   [...]

Hey Kids

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Welcome to This website is full of ideas and fun stuff for kids like you. You might need some confidence and a little courage, but no worries, I know you can do almost anything you set out to do.  It’s packed full of fun ideas, activities, photographs and even a mystery or two. Have you ever walked on the beach at [...]

What’s Your Favorite Animal?

Monday, April 26th, 2010

  Black Bear Cub walking in grass Do you have a favorite animal? I do. Well, kind-of. I love all animals, but a few of them really stand out for me. BEARS are one of my favorites. Probably because I have seen them in the wild a zillion times. BEAR CUBS are the cutest–check out the photograph [...]


Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

  For 40 years people around the world have been celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd. It’s a special day that reminds us to appreciate nature and learn how to protect the environment on our earth.   A few Earth Day vocabulary words that are good to know….   Environment – natural surroundings of an organism, which includes [...]


Monday, April 12th, 2010

       EARTH DAY is a day that reminds us to LOVE and take care of our planet EARTH.  On EARTH DAY millions of people around the world help with projects that clean up and protect our earth. Try one of these three activities below on EARTH DAY or make up your own thing to do on earth [...]

Turn off Your Lights for EARTH HOUR on March 27th

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

EARTH HOUR is almost here. This Saturday on March 27th, TURN OFF YOUR LIGHTS at 8:30 pm for one hour. Kids and adults all around the world will be turning off their lights to show their support and concern for climate change. GUTSY STUFF: In the meantime, here are 4 other things that the World Wildlife Fund says kids can do [...]

Does Woody Woodpecker Live in Your Neighborhood?

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Did you know that Pileated Woodpeckers are the largest species of woodpeckers and they kind of look like Woody Woodpecker? You can’t miss them because they are as big as a crow and have bright red heads. These giant woodpeckers live in many parts of the United States, and if they live near you, you will find lots of [...]

Make a bird circus in your backyard

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Have you ever watched a goldfinch hang upside down to eat?   How about a flock of Bushtits on a suet feeder?   Or, a chickadee eat sunflower seeds?     These are all great bird acts and as much fun to watch as a 3-ring circus.   A chickadee will grab a single sunflower seed from a feeder, [...]

3 green and gutsy things kids can do

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

GOING GREEN can mean lots of things these days. It’s everything from making sure we have clean water to keeping stuff out of the landfills by recycling. In a big way, it means doing things that will help our earth stay HEALTHY. So, as you can imagine, there are thousands of  GREEN THINGS kids can do. You [...]

Look for marine critters at night on the beach

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Everyone loves the BEACH and one of the best times to look for MARINE CRITTERS on the beach is in the winter AFTER DARK. It’s a little scary and you can definitely expect the unexpected. It’s a geat family activity. Last week a group of volunteer Beach Watchers helped more than a hundred kids and their families search for [...]

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