Category Archives: Nature

How To Start Seeds Indoors Better Than Me

One of my personal vices is that I spend way too much time on Pinterest imagining what my perfect organic, homesteading life would be like.  My chickens would happily produce big beautiful eggs not at all covered in dirt or … Continue reading

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How To Build A Quinzee Snow Fort In Your Back Yard

So here in the Boston area we got 2-3 feet of snow this week.  There’s so much snow on the ground that I’m measuring it by how far the kids sink into it when they go play outside.    At … Continue reading

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Ice, Ice, Baby

Yes, it’s a throwback Thursday Vanilla Ice Title.  Deal with it. 🙂 After an unusually warm holiday season in Boston winter arrived with sub zero temps this week.  Now, I’m not a fan of the cold myself but for Camp … Continue reading

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How To Identify Different Evergreen Trees

Yesterday it snowed! Not the very first snow of the year but one of the firsts and it was gorgeous.  It frosted the top sides of the tree branches and, even more beautifully, covered the ugly pots left on the … Continue reading

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Tis the season…for bird migration!

Just about everybody who’s turned an eye to the sky in the past few weeks has had the opportunity to see those familiar V-ish shapes of migrating birds flying south for the winter.  But why do they do it? I … Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving Necklace Idea

Boys Life Magazine had a great craft idea for families to make using the leftover bones from the turkey carcass this Thanksgiving, make a necklace!  Full instructions are at the Boys Life site but here’s the 30-second rundown: Use Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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Talking Turkey

A couple of years ago we had a flock of turkeys appear in our back yard on Christmas Day.  It was awesome!  For about a week.  The flock took up residence in the woods in back of the house through … Continue reading

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Make a Swedish Torch For A Warm Campfire on Cool Nights!

At Camp Sayre one of the big debates we hear among the boys (and adults) at the Ax Yard and Outdoor Cooking areas is about campfire construction:  log cabin versus teepee style. Personally I was a DuraFlame Log kind of … Continue reading

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Days Getting Shorter, How About Shadow Animals?!

If you looked at a picture of the earth in space it would look pretty straight floating there, right?  Well, it’s not!  The earth actually tilts in relation to the sun at an angle of about 23 degrees.  The result … Continue reading

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Picking A Perfect Pumpkin -Six Easy Tips

One of the best parts of Fall is picking out the family’s fall pumpkin.  Farms, Fall Festivals and nurseries all offer a wonderful variety of great gourds to choose from.  Here are a few tips to help you make the … Continue reading

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Spider Identification -Who’s That Guy On The Windowsill?

-Great for Nature Merit Badge or Making the Collage in Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop Spider  identification is a fun way to engage your child in the nature around your house and yard.  The next time you see an 8-legged friend, … Continue reading

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Why Do Leaves Change Color In The Fall?

  A great conversation for Boy Scouts earning Environmental Science Merit Badge and Cubs learning about nature.   Chlorophyll gives leaves their green colour and is so dominant it hides the other colours in the leaves.  But in the fall, … Continue reading

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Egg Carton Nature Walk

A Fun Activity for Cub Scout Families   The next time you have an empty egg carton take it with you on a nature hike around your neighborhood. In the bottom of each cup, write a description like hard, smooth, … Continue reading

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