Category: nature/science

It’s Full Moon Madness at Audubon!

It’s Full Moon Madness at Audubon!

Just because the Halloween costumes and ghoulish decorations are packed away doesn’t mean all the autumn nighttime fun is over!

Audubon naturalists say evening is their favorite time to be out on the trails. And some kids will love another reason to roam around outside after dark. They can rustle through the leaves and listen for owls calling, look for signs of otter and beaver, hike through moonlit pines and discover the beauty of nature at night.

Here is a list of happenings…

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The power of books: WONDERSTRUCK by Brian Selznick

The power of books: WONDERSTRUCK by Brian Selznick

[ 3 ] October 2, 2011 |

I just finished reading Wonderstruck, written and illustrated by Brian Selznick. This awe-inspiring novel–alternating pages with only words with picture-only pages–tells the story of a young boy named Ben in 1977 and a young deaf girl, Rose living in 1927.  Both flee to New York City in search of answers and a sense of belonging. […]

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Build It and They Will Come

Build It and They Will Come

[ 1 ] July 20, 2011 |

Feeling the pressure of facing another season with an unproductive garden? Are your less than attentive gardening methods causing your neighbors to scowl? Feeling like you’d rather be beaching it this summer than pulling weeds?

For me, it’s all of the above. So we’re trying a no-fail, maintenance free approach this year. We’ve turned our notoriously unsuccessful backyard plot into a Fairy Garden. It’s easy, cheap, better looking than my poor excuse for a garden last year, and fun for the kids…huge points for me!

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rhode trip: Aquidneck Island Organizations Launch Summer Treasure Hunt

rhode trip: Aquidneck Island Organizations Launch Summer Treasure Hunt

[ 0 ] June 28, 2011 |

A variety of special events are listed on the Treasure Map & Family Passport. These events offer another fun opportunity to explore different local sites and have your passport stamped. Events include Windmill Wednesdays at Prescott Farm on the last Wednesday of each month,YMCA Family Fun Day on July 9, a Civil War Reenactment at Fort Adams on July 9 & 10, Take Me Fishing Day at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge on August 13, Movies on the Rocks at Ballard Park on August 10, 17 & 24, and the annual Harvest Fair at Norman Bird Sanctuary on October 1 and 2.

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Breathing Space

Breathing Space

[ 0 ] April 26, 2011 |

Hiking, like most aspects of my life, has been completely altered since becoming a mom. Now I hike with and for my children — so they can get outside, slow down, play, and reap the many, many benefits that time outside offers. Research shows that time spent in nature is important for a child’s physical, […]

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For the Birds

For the Birds

[ 6 ] January 23, 2011 |

I have struggled for many years with seasonal affective disorder and I noticed early on that my kids get pretty icky this time of year, too. The problem isn’t knowing what to do. Go outside and get some sunshine — that’s simple. The problem is motivation. Some days it’s just so darn cold. And gray. […]

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Say “Yes!” to the Bus

Say “Yes!” to the Bus

[ 6 ] January 10, 2011 |

Yes, I do understand and respect the valid reasons that parents decide to drive their kids to school. But my motivation in encouraging you to put your kids on the bus instead of drive them – if and when your personal situation allows – is primarily to increase the time your children spend outside.

Wait…What?

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Family Matters: Fall Projects and Setting Back the Clocks

Family Matters: Fall Projects and Setting Back the Clocks

[ 0 ] November 5, 2010 |

Every week on GoLocalProv I share tips on how families can make the most of their family time – including helpful hints that make parenting easier and connecting you to great local happenings. Kido Tip 1. Rake some leaves and romp! A great way to get the kids outside and clean up the yard is […]

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When In Doubt, Take Them Out (A babysitter’s creed)

When In Doubt, Take Them Out (A babysitter’s creed)

[ 5 ] November 3, 2010 |

By Jeanine Silversmith Recently, I helped a few friends out by watching their children. As a mother, I am certain I’m not built for more than two, so I was a bit nervous adding some fairly young ones into the mix. But these are good friends, and I jumped at each chance to help them […]

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Tips for Families: Ancient Greeks, Apple Ideas & More

Tips for Families: Ancient Greeks, Apple Ideas & More

[ 3 ] September 23, 2010 |

Every week on GoLocalProv I share tips on how families can make the most of their family time – including helpful hints that make parenting easier and connecting you to great local happenings. Kido Tip 1. Clean out the car Say goodbye to summer and welcome in Fall by ridding the car of the sand and […]

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