Forced Perspective

Forced Perspective

By Chelsea Jandreau The grasses, ferns, and flowers have really hit their stride and they are continuing to grow taller as we head into summer. As I was out with a group of sixth graders on a field trip to Audubon, one of the students commented offhand that the plants...
Verdant

Verdant

By Chelsea Jandreau Several years ago, I interned at an outdoor school in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. Like much of California, it tended to be dry for most of the year, with a somewhat wetter late winter and early spring. While there, I...
Busy Summer

Busy Summer

By Katie Finch, Senior Nature Educator How many times in a summer have you said something like, “There’s so much to do. The summer is too short. I’m so busy.”? I find myself saying that a lot recently, yet my idea of summer is that it is...
Emergence

Emergence

Many of the summer insects we see do not suddenly appear as the fully formed adult versions we are likely to casually encounter. These insects, along with many amphibians and a few other animals, have life cycles that require us to look in an entirely different...
Harvestmen or Daddy Longlegs? Truth or Myth?

Harvestmen or Daddy Longlegs? Truth or Myth?

By Emma Roth They have eight long, skinny legs and rounded bodies. They crawl all over trees and logs, finding small insects, plants, and fungi to eat. They go by different names, but the most common one I hear is Daddy-longlegs. They are misunderstood creatures,...
In Community

In Community

By Katie Finch Recently, I got married. I mention this because our experiences are the lenses through which we see the world. As I gave more thought to how to live and grow with another human, I also found myself drawn to partnerships and communities in the natural...