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Nighttime Mysteries

Week of November 19, 2023 – November 25, 2023 by Anna Stunkel, Environmental Educator The season following Halloween often gets me thinking more about nighttime nature, from owls gliding softly through the trees to spiders crawling carefully on tree bark. There is a whole world that awakens at night, and experiencing it is a special [...]

By |2023-11-26T15:54:17-05:00November 26th, 2023|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Nighttime Mysteries


Week of November 12, 2023 – November 18, 2023 by Catherine McLaughlin, Environmental Educator We just started what is one of my current favorite lessons of the Baltimore Woods Nature in the City Program. When we go into third-grade classrooms for their first of three lessons this school year, we have a giant neon green suitcase that [...]

By |2023-11-19T08:59:10-05:00November 19th, 2023|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Rebuilding

Winter Preparations

Week of November 5, 2023 – November 11, 2023 by Elizabeth Suzedell, Environmental Educator Just a little over a week ago, I was enjoying a 75°F walk in the sunshine with a T-shirt on. What a difference compared to this week, when we had our first frost and snowfall! Suddenly, I’m remembering all of the [...]

By |2023-11-12T13:46:31-05:00November 12th, 2023|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Winter Preparations

Childhood Birding

Week of October 29, 2023 – November 4, 2023 by Anna Stunkel, Environmental Educator Do you remember some of your first experiences observing birds as a kid? For many of us, birds spark our love of nature thanks to their beauty and the ease of observing them. They are truly everywhere, from the coldest tundras [...]

By |2023-11-05T08:59:48-05:00November 5th, 2023|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Childhood Birding


Week of October 22, 2023 – October 28, 2023 by Tom Meier, Camp Director & Program Manager My camera is driving me nuts. It has this fancy 45-point focus sensor doohickey complete with little red L.E.D. squares and an audible beep when it “thinks” the image is in focus. I was out with our October [...]

By |2023-10-29T09:45:47-04:00October 29th, 2023|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Focus

Uncovering Nests

Week of October 15, 2023 – October 21, 2023 by Catherine McLaughlin, Environmental Educator In the peak of fall we begin to see what was hidden in the trees during the spring and summer. During this week a child spotted a squirrel’s nest up in a tree, being revealed after the leaves had fallen. I [...]

By |2023-10-22T13:16:11-04:00October 22nd, 2023|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Uncovering Nests

Playing Outside

Week of October 8, 2023 – October 14, 2023 by Elizabeth Suzedell, Environmental Educator What was your favorite childhood memory outdoors? I remember having so much fun climbing the huge holly tree in the backyard (and pretending I lived in it), the excitement of discovering frogs in a stream near my house, building elaborate stick [...]

By |2023-10-15T14:34:45-04:00October 15th, 2023|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Playing Outside

Direct Experiences

Week of October 1, 2023 – October 7, 2023 by Tom Meier, Camp Director & Program Manager Peter Mulvey’s song, The Milkman, laments change. A line that always sticks out to me goes, “Children off hiding behind aluminum siding that’s painted to look just like wood.” In our world of screens, sturdy shelter, linoleum, and convenience, [...]

By |2023-10-07T21:05:27-04:00October 7th, 2023|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Direct Experiences

Colors and Patterns in Nature

Week of September 25, 2023 – September 30, 2023 by Anna Stunkel, Environmental Educator As summer turns to fall, a rich palette of colors in nature is changing. This is most apparent in open spaces where goldenrods, asters, and other fall blooms paint the fields with a patchwork of colors such as yellow, purple, and [...]

By |2023-10-01T14:15:32-04:00October 1st, 2023|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Colors and Patterns in Nature

The Intricacies Of A Web

Week of September 17, 2023 – September 23, 2023 by Sunny Guyette, Environmental Educator Every year my family makes a trip up to Maine to visit my grandparents. My grandparents house sits beside a small lake called Estes Lake. Stretching out from the shore is a half metal half plastic dock that has four evenly [...]

By |2023-09-24T10:55:05-04:00September 24th, 2023|naturalist blog|Comments Off on The Intricacies Of A Web
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