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...
Life in a Blanket by Jeff Tome

Life in a Blanket by Jeff Tome

Imagine living your life curled up in a blanket surrounded by the dim glow of sun filtering in and the dark black of night for most of your existence. That is how I imagine the life of a giant silk moth to be. There are several kinds of silk moths that live around...
Giants in the Sky by Chelsea Jandreau

Giants in the Sky by Chelsea Jandreau

As we roll into summer, the temperature and humidity are also rapidly increasing. Hot, humid days bring an increase in outdoor activities, but they also bring on a weather phenomenon that lights up the sky in streaks and makes itself known with loud booming in the...
Warblers by Sarah Hatfield

Warblers by Sarah Hatfield

I worked in Ohio for a few years in between my starter life and my current life. The facility was a nature center and they had an educational farm attached. When I think back on chapters in my life that dramatically impacted others, that was a particularly formative...