Category: nature/science

Family Hiking: Audubon’s Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge

Family Hiking: Audubon’s Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge

[ 0 ] December 4, 2013 |

Go it alone, or join RI Families in Nature on Saturday, December 7th, as we explore this area together. Maxwell Mays, a folk artist best known for his paintings of historic Rhode Island, was also an environmental conservationist and philanthropist. He donated 295 acres of land to Audubon as part of his life estate and, […]

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Family Hiking: Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve

Family Hiking: Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve

[ 0 ] November 14, 2013 |

Go it alone, or join RI Families in Nature on Saturday, November 16, as we explore this area together. The Nature Conservancy’s Carter Preserve boasts more than 5 miles of well-marked hiking trails through rare pitch pine and scrub oak forests and a 35 acre grassland. As one of the largest protected areas in RI, […]

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Family Hiking: Diamond Hill Park

Family Hiking: Diamond Hill Park

[ 0 ] October 10, 2013 |

Go it alone, or join RI Families in Nature on Monday, October 14, as we explore this area together.

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Family Hiking: Neutaconkanut Hill

Family Hiking: Neutaconkanut Hill

[ 0 ] August 19, 2013 |

Go it alone, or join RI Families in Nature on Sunday, August 25, as we explore this area together. Whenever I mention Neutaconkanut Hill, people usually look at me funny and then ask me two questions: “How do you say that?” and “Where is it?” Given that “the Hill” is one of my very favorite […]

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Myths Busted!: Just When You Thought You Knew What You Knew

Myths Busted!: Just When You Thought You Knew What You Knew

[ 0 ] May 17, 2013 |

Emily Krieger new book busts popular kidtastic myths (like dogs’ mouths being cleaner than humans!) we had to learn more.

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Roger Williams Park Zoo Seeking Citizen Scientists for 2013 FrogWatch USA Program

Roger Williams Park Zoo Seeking Citizen Scientists for 2013 FrogWatch USA Program

[ 0 ] February 26, 2013 |

Roger Williams Park Zoo is seeking volunteer “citizen scientists” to participate in the fifth season of its state-wide FrogWatch USA program. The Zoo is holding training sessions for the 2013 program on March 16 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., March 24 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and April 2 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Details…

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Thanksgiving for Nature

Thanksgiving for Nature

[ 0 ] November 21, 2012 |

Whether it’s watching football, playing a game, reading special books, or expressing our gratitude in some special way, almost every family has a beloved Thanksgiving tradition that extends beyond the festive meal that is front and center on this American holiday.

My own custom developed in early adulthood, when the political arguments and caloric intake reached epic proportions one Thanksgiving and I simply couldn’t stand to be inside another minute. Let’s face it: holidays are great, but they can certainly be intense. At least in my family!

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Family Matters: Easy Fall Craft Projects for Kids

Family Matters: Easy Fall Craft Projects for Kids

[ 0 ] November 14, 2012 |

We like to celebrate fall by making crafts that remind us of the season’s colors, shapes and textures or using natural materials found on our outdoor hikes. Many of these projects are simple and need little advanced planning. Although I show samples of finished crafts, these activities are as much or more about the process, the outdoor adventure and collecting the materials. Plan a walk and bring a bag to hold natural items along the way. Making art with kids can lead to unexpected discoveries and detours. If you want perfection, craft your own piece alongside or after the kids are asleep.

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Wax Leaf Pressing with Kids

Wax Leaf Pressing with Kids

[ 1 ] October 24, 2012 |

Wax leaf pressing is an easy way to preserve the beautiful fall foliage. Hiking outdoors this time of year to find the leaves first, is half the fun.

Supplies

wax paper
thin towel
warmed Iron
leaves

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Just add googly eyes. Simple crafting with kids.

Just add googly eyes. Simple crafting with kids.

[ 1 ] October 23, 2012 |

Buy a pack of googly eyes and buy a pack of fun. Just the words “googly eyes” easily invokes a chuckle (to silly me). These little plastic shells that contain a loose disk or black ball can quickly transform any inanimate object into a toy. Inexpensive and available at craft stores or even some craft […]

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