Grass is an astoundingly resilient plant resource with extensive environmental benefits. Did you know: A well-managed lawn can absorb rainfall six times more effectively than a wheat field? A minimally kept lawn can absorb as much carbon as an equivalent forested area? Decomposing grass clippings left on the lawn can absorb 37 billion pounds of […]
Berry season is upon us. Do you know how to distinguish between poisonous and edible berries? We all know what blueberries, strawberries and raspberries look like. But can you identify gooseberries, nannyberries and rose hips? Before embarking on your wild berry journey, be sure to take a guide or an experienced person with you. Wild […]
Summertime and the livin’ is easy, except when the kids have nothing to do. The next time you hear, “I’m bored!” suggest this fun game for the whole family. Take your camera and photograph one thing for every letter of the alphabet in your yard. “A” is for apple tree, “B” is for bumblebee and […]
Taking care of a living thing is a great way to teach children responsibility. This summer ask your children to create a little garden of their own such as a bed of tomato plants or zucchini. Be sure to select a plant type that is robust and heat-resistant so they can withstand a few days […]
You probably have your summer camps all in order, but we found some great summer camp ideas that mix fun and learning about nature. These camps teach conservation through fun activities, games and hands-on experience. Read more: http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/latest/green-summer-camps-460606#ixzz1xaDlUrDI Are you sending your child to an interesting nature camp?
When was the last time you climbed a tree? Not only can you get a bird’s eye view of things, but it’s really good exercise (although some trees are better for climbing than others). In our multimedia age, the idea of children building or enjoying a tree fort or house is perhaps but a memory. One […]
Kids love to explore, but there is always a chance while playing they may get any number of ‘bites’ from any number of insects. Chigger bites are hard to miss. This is one of several articles that helps you see if your bites look like those of a chigger. And, some tips on how to […]
According to Wikipedia, the Farmers’ Almanac is an annual North American periodical that has been in continuous publication since 1818. Published by the Almanac Publishing Company, of Lewiston, Maine, it is famous for its long-range weather predictions and astronomical data, as well as its trademark blend of humor, trivia, and advice on gardening, cooking, fishing, […]