On the River

On the River

By Chelsea Jondreau A week or so ago, I found myself in a life jacket, holding a paddle for the first time in two years. It felt long overdue. I was by myself, so I was in a kayak. Honestly, I personally prefer a kayak over a canoe whether I am with others or alone....
Gypsy Moth Problems

Gypsy Moth Problems

The skies were blue, but the gentle sound of pattering rain filled the forest where we were camping. This wasn’t the usual watery rain, but a steady rain of tiny bits of leaves and caterpillar poop raining down from the trees above. Caterpillar poop is known as frass,...
Crayfish by Chelsea Jandreau

Crayfish by Chelsea Jandreau

Last summer, I took a group of 10 – 14-year-olds on a day trip to hike the Minister Creek Hiking Trail in Allegheny National Forest. When we arrived, and before any hiking began, I led them to a clearing by a creek where we were planning on having snack. Very little...
The Unruly Garden by Sarah Hatfield

The Unruly Garden by Sarah Hatfield

I recently was sitting in my garden, looking at the chaos, and thought “all those people with those neat garden beds and straight lines of veggies, I wish my garden looked like that.” And then I saw the swallowtail caterpillar on the dill plant. I remembered the...
At Home by Katie Finch

At Home by Katie Finch

I’ve found entertainment in my yard in the past few weeks. I’ve been watching Black-capped Chickadees nesting in a dead tree. The tree they chose is a large Sugar Maple, whose top fell over in a storm seven years ago. The top has been cut and burned in the campfire or...