An archive of all of the Naturalist Blog articles written by the Baltimore Woods education team

Wisdom from the Young and the Wild

There are moments when I spot a young animal and while observing the way they behave or something the parent does, it reminds me of a moment with my own children. When we take the time to observe nature we can find so many similarities to our own lives and sometimes it can trigger a memory or lend us some wisdom.

By |2021-07-25T02:34:36+00:00July 18th, 2021|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Wisdom from the Young and the Wild

A Child Who Plays in Nature Today

Through nature play children make personal and emotional connections to the outside environment. Recently I watched a child catch a frog for the first time. That child’s face lit up with happiness and it was a beautiful moment to witness. Though she may not remember that exact moment 20 years down the road (or maybe she will) that experience left her with a positive emotion and a positive experience in nature that she’ll carry with her for the rest of her life.  

By |2021-07-19T13:48:27+00:00July 11th, 2021|naturalist blog|Comments Off on A Child Who Plays in Nature Today

Thinking Outside the Box

Many of us who love the outdoors are familiar with the multitude of benefits that nature provides. A sense of wonder for the world is something that brings us together, helps us make valuable connections, and is one of the main reasons I became an educator here at Baltimore Woods. This inspired awe, for me, is rooted deeply in my childhood. Playing outside, climbing trees, flipping over rocks, and chasing fireflies were all parts of growing up that have instilled a deep respect for nature within me. 

By |2021-07-19T13:47:32+00:00July 4th, 2021|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Thinking Outside the Box

Powerful Pollinators

As summer is beginning, it’s an exciting time to keep an eye out for insect pollinators. Busy bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, ants, and more are all crucial helpers in the process of pollination, fertilizing plants and allowing them to create seeds. Many of the fruits and vegetables that you eat wouldn’t exist without our pollinator friends. As insects visit flowers to feed, pollen sticks to them and is then transferred to other flowers. For example, have you ever seen a fuzzy bumblebee covered in yellow dust? That’s pollen!

By |2021-07-19T14:18:55+00:00June 27th, 2021|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Powerful Pollinators

Night Buggin’ Adventures

Summer has always been my favorite season. There is so much to see and explore! Every year as my children grow I have the amazing opportunity to experience the joys of summer through their eyes and there’s no better sensory adventure than exploring the world of bugs at night.

By |2021-07-21T12:08:10+00:00June 20th, 2021|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Night Buggin’ Adventures

Itching to Learn About Mosquitos

As I was having lunch by the pond yesterday, I felt a prickle on my arm. I looked down, and there was a mosquito having lunch with me...only my blood was the lunch! Irritated, I waved my pesky, uninvited guest away. But then I started to wonder about these little flying insects. Many of us hate mosquitoes because of their itchy bites, high-pitched buzzing, and infamous ability to transmit deadly disease. How much do we really know about the lives of these little creatures? 

By |2021-07-19T14:19:47+00:00June 13th, 2021|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Itching to Learn About Mosquitos

The Spring Juggernaut

Of the 10 trails at Baltimore Woods, the Valley Trail has long been my favorite. This steep, lush trail descends into the heart of the preserve, providing an immersive sensory experience with stop-in-your-tracks views across the forest, ancient mossy maples, and two bridges over the clear brook.

By |2021-07-19T14:23:29+00:00June 6th, 2021|naturalist blog|Comments Off on The Spring Juggernaut

The Magnitude of Small Things

Over the past few weeks I have been dipping a net into Phillips Pond in search of creatures to show to 5th graders in the Syracuse City School District. Their virtual field trip to Baltimore Woods introduces them to the different ecosystems we have and the animals and plants that inhabit them.

By |2021-07-21T12:04:01+00:00May 23rd, 2021|naturalist blog|Comments Off on The Magnitude of Small Things

Little Lighthouses of Yellow

When you think of a dandelion, what comes to mind? After a day of rain and a new day of bright sunny skies I look for the vibrant yellow flowers of the dandelions to greet me on the brief walk to get in my car and start my day. On the drive to work I notice them sprinkled about in lawns, little lighthouses of yellow in a sea of green, and I can’t help but smile.

By |2021-07-21T12:19:59+00:00May 16th, 2021|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Little Lighthouses of Yellow
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