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

The Nature of Changing Seasons and Habitats

As the seasons change from summer to fall, I enjoy pausing to observe differences in the landscape and surroundings. Leaves change from green to gold, red, orange, and purple, birds depart southward while a new cast of feathered friends arrives for the winter, and the days and nights gradually become cooler.

By |2021-09-19T18:33:07+00:00September 12th, 2021|naturalist blog|Comments Off on The Nature of Changing Seasons and Habitats

Immerse Yourself in Nature

The sights and sounds along the trails had changed dramatically since early summer and I felt like a newcomer to the forest. How easy it can be to forget that we, too, are a part of the natural world! So many things in our day to day life tune that connection out, but it comes back so quickly.

By |2021-09-05T16:41:33+00:00August 29th, 2021|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Immerse Yourself in Nature

The Importance of Play After Childhood

When you think of your childhood, what comes to mind? Maybe you remember spending hours playing with friends or running around outside. Right now, Baltimore Woods is filled with campers playing games outside and exploring the preserve. For many of us, summers were all about playing games, running around outside, and having fun.  So, why did we stop?

By |2021-08-15T20:26:52+00:00July 25th, 2021|naturalist blog|Comments Off on The Importance of Play After Childhood

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 |2021-08-15T20:29:20+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
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