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I work for a nonprofit and our mission is to restore the connection between nature and children. We use books/internet/experience to create class curriculums and design crafts that coincide with the lesson. So here is a short contribution to all of those educators looking for activities in a “Tracks & Signs” unit: In this exercise, children use their fine motor skills and express creativity. We had an old mirror we laid on the table and cover with a simple salt dough recipe. We spread the dough out, like a pizza, rolling and pressing to a thin layer. Provide children with small animal replicas (these I found at a local hobby store but I am sure Michael’s/ac moore have some like these) and berries/sticks/branches with leaves attached/small drinking “pool”.

May I add that we used this activity in the winter and imagine that the salt dough was snow. It was a great prelude to our walk after the craft which challenged children to look for tracks in the snow out on our trail. 

So let the children, play. Allow them to pretend the animals are walking in the snow to a stream for a drink. Have them build home for the animals. Point out the tracks each animal makes and how they differ from one another. 

Hang back, and observe.

mothernaturenetwork:

Elk’s sad tale a reminder not to feed wildlifeThe elk made headlines when it was filmed butting heads with a photographer. Officials say the animal lost its instinctive fear of people after being fed by visitors and had to be euthanized.

Well this is an eye opening article. It really is so important to let wildlife be in its natural element. That is especially true for ducks. While ducks and some other birds are comfortable taking food from humans they really can abuse their privilege. Its not their fault, they are w i l d. They are just surviving, no matter how ruthless they become.  But yeah in regards to this article, some serious damage can be done when larger animals become too familiar with human contact.

mothernaturenetwork:

Elk’s sad tale a reminder not to feed wildlife
The elk made headlines when it was filmed butting heads with a photographer. Officials say the animal lost its instinctive fear of people after being fed by visitors and had to be euthanized.

Well this is an eye opening article. It really is so important to let wildlife be in its natural element. That is especially true for ducks. While ducks and some other birds are comfortable taking food from humans they really can abuse their privilege. Its not their fault, they are w i l d. They are just surviving, no matter how ruthless they become.  But yeah in regards to this article, some serious damage can be done when larger animals become too familiar with human contact.

Little bunny rabbit I found in my driveway. It looks like his back legs were injured or possibly his back. Im not sure if his future is bright but I took him to a wildlife rehabilitation center. I felt so bad for him he must have been so confused scared.  

Anyway I hope the best for my furry friend!

Little bunny rabbit I found in my driveway. It looks like his back legs were injured or possibly his back. Im not sure if his future is bright but I took him to a wildlife rehabilitation center. I felt so bad for him he must have been so confused scared.

Anyway I hope the best for my furry friend!

Today we took a short walk in the woods. Along the way toward the woods I found these mushrooms. Probably a cortinarius species because of the cortina left hanging from the mushroom. The cortina is the weblike substance underneath the cap. The mushroom starts with the cortina protecting the gills until the mushroom grows large enough and breaks free from the cap leaving a “partial veil” left on the stalk.

A couple shots of our adventure to Lehigh Gorge. We watched the chickadees flutter from tree to tree, discovered some polypore mushrooms, explored an abandoned lock used to transport vessels around dams, and were victims of a hail storm. HAIL STORM?! It was not life threatening but definitely surprising. 

It was just a lovely fall day.

I woke up before the sun and could not go back to sleep.
But oh how it has been a wonderful morning. It is chilly outside but I am snuggled under my blankets in bed. Mmhmmm. 
I’d like to write in here more often. Adding pictures/videos/whatever that makes me smile. It is so easy to be sucked into a rut. The negative takes me away from my true self and angry thoughts are not those you should begin the day with. Plus happiness is just bliss, it warms my heart, it makes me sing and dang, and sometimes it brings tears with overwhelming sensations throughout my body. I am very in touch with my emotions so keeping those intentions positive will be an enjoyable challenge.

I woke up before the sun and could not go back to sleep.

But oh how it has been a wonderful morning. It is chilly outside but I am snuggled under my blankets in bed. Mmhmmm. 

I’d like to write in here more often. Adding pictures/videos/whatever that makes me smile. It is so easy to be sucked into a rut. The negative takes me away from my true self and angry thoughts are not those you should begin the day with. Plus happiness is just bliss, it warms my heart, it makes me sing and dang, and sometimes it brings tears with overwhelming sensations throughout my body. I am very in touch with my emotions so keeping those intentions positive will be an enjoyable challenge.