The Magic of Seeds

The Magic of Seeds

By Sarah Hatfield Most of you have probably noticed that the leaves this year have been, by tourism standards, disappointing. I would also add ‘hard to predict’ as the best color in my neighborhood came weeks after Pennsylvania had declared the region peak. However,...
Centering in Nature

Centering in Nature

By Jeff Tome My brain does not work when my body is still. Ideas come best when I am hiking, walking, biking or fidgeting. Sometimes I feel like a squirrelly kindergartner that can’t sit still in the circle on the carpet. This makes working at a Nature Center really...
Ruderals by Katie Finch

Ruderals by Katie Finch

When so much of the world went remote a year and a half ago, I attended a virtual conference on nature education. One session title was so intriguing I signed up for it not really knowing what it was about. It was called “Ruderals”. I learned there, and in reading...
Schoolyard Inspiration by Jeff Tome

Schoolyard Inspiration by Jeff Tome

Monarchs are more than butterflies. They are inspiration. Their story inspires people to think about a world bigger than themselves. They sip flower nectar in local fields and yards, then zoom off on a cross-continental trip to spend the winter in Mexico. Their story...
Autumn’s Balance

Autumn’s Balance

Winding up the pea strings in the garden, my mind wanders. I hear the juvenile Song Sparrow trying to sing. I listen to soft patter as the first dried leaves fall through the branches of the Sugar Maple. I watch a variety of grass seed heads sway in the breeze. Oh,...