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Fun, free things to do on Earth Day

Earth Day takes place on April 22 every year, when wildflowers are blooming, birds are singing and we’re surrounded by growing green things. It’s a wonderful time of year, and a great excuse to get kids outside to celebrate nature in all its glory! I thought I’d take some time to point out a few […]

Explore spring flowers with kids

We all look forward to springtime flowers. In a few weeks, our hillsides will be covered in yellow balsamroot, blue lupine, light pink phlox and a variety of other colorful wildflowers. But did you know that there are already wildflowers blooming on the trails? These little treasures can be a great incentive to get out […]

Winter science experiments for kids

We are in the depths of winter here in North Central Washington. Sometimes it can be hard to motivate kids to get outside and explore the natural world when it’s cold, dark and gray. These winter science experiments help explore the science of winter from the comfort of your home. Before starting any of these […]

Observing butterflies with kids

This month, I’ve been having a lot of fun observing butterflies flitting from flower to flower. Just thinking about butterflies can bring a smile to my face. They seem to embody everything that is good about the world — wildlife, flight, beauty and flowers. Let’s learn a bit about butterflies and explore ways to get […]

Explore geology with kids

I don’t know a kid who does not have a rock collection, even if it’s just one favorite stashed on a shelf somewhere. I personally have piles of rocks all over my house. Rocks fascinate kids — it’s not hard to get them excited about a cool rock. They’re beautiful, they feel good in the […]

Kids and birds: Springtime fun

In the last month, mornings outside my window have gone from relatively quiet to a cacophony of sounds. Robins, swallows, finches, juncos and more have arrived and begun singing their little hearts out. Although the sounds are maybe not as catchy as “Let It Go,” kids can learn a lot about the world around them […]

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