Nature In Your Neighborhood is a feature that focuses on the nature that we all interact with in our everyday lives. Through the window of these posts you can catch glimpses of nature in action in locations across the country (and sometimes beyond).

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With my kiddos under the weather most of last week we have been spending more time in the backyard, rather than out on the trail. We have been discovering some really wonderful signs of Nova Scotia spring out there, and some simple curiosities!

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If you would like to share what is happening in your neighborhood you can leave a link to a post in the comments here or pop on over to the Mud Puddles to Meteors Facebook group and share a little bit of your world.

Not a member of the FB group yet? No worries. Just request to join and we will add you ASAP!

~ Dawn

 

 

A Note About Contributing to Nature In Your Neighborhood:

If you would like to contribute please either add a photo or two with a short description to the Flickr group, post it to the Facebook Group, or shoot us an email with your photo(s) and a few sentences about your experience at: kidsandnature (at) gmail (dot) com. (Please also include your location – your state or country is fine).

We would also love to highlight photos and descriptions from young naturalist out there. If your child would like to contribute a photo of what they found, and tell us a little about it, please encourage them to do so and we will spotlight them in a “Young Naturalist” post. (Don’t worry so much about photo quality. We would love to share their work!)

We are looking forward to sharing your nature finds and continuing to encourage families to look high and low for nature all around.

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Nature Around the Net

April 25, 2015

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After a very rainy week we are looking at a beautiful weekend here in Nova Scotia. I am off for a morning hike with my Mamas Hike group. Enjoy the links!

Dino feathers in amber?

- Richard Louv requested information from folks, and some the replies are great!

- A board filled with awesome ideas for the yard!

- Why barefoot is best for children 

- 10 things to know about brown recluse spiders

 

~ Dawn

 

P.S. Have you come across a neat nature related post or article this week. Feel free to share in the comments or on our Mud Puddles to Meteors Facebook Group page. We would love to see what you have found!

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Happy Earth Day

April 22, 2015

The very best way to inspire them to love the Earth…

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is to get them outside, so that they may get to know the Earth.

Happy Earth Day

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Nature In Your Neighborhood is a feature that focuses on the nature that we all interact with in our everyday lives. Through the window of these posts you can catch glimpses of nature in action in locations across the country (and sometimes beyond).

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Over most of the winter our favorite beach down the road was inaccessible because we had no place to park due to snow. Now that the spring melt has begun here in Nova Scotia our “neighborhood” has expanded again to include this wonderful strip of shoreline and all of the treasures to be found there.

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If you would like to share what is happening in your neighborhood pop on over to the Mud Puddles to Meteors Facebook group and share a little bit of your world.

Not a member of the FB group yet? No worries. Just request to join and we will add you ASAP!

~ Dawn

 

 

A Note About Contributing to Nature In Your Neighborhood:

If you would like to contribute please either add a photo or two with a short description to the Flickr group, post it to the Facebook Group, or shoot us an email with your photo(s) and a few sentences about your experience at: kidsandnature (at) gmail (dot) com. (Please also include your location – your state or country is fine).

We would also love to highlight photos and descriptions from young naturalist out there. If your child would like to contribute a photo of what they found, and tell us a little about it, please encourage them to do so and we will spotlight them in a “Young Naturalist” post. (Don’t worry so much about photo quality. We would love to share their work!)

We are looking forward to sharing your nature finds and continuing to encourage families to look high and low for nature all around.

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Nature Around the Net

April 18, 2015

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It is sunny and bright and the snow is melting fast here in Nova, Scotia! I am popping in to share some neat links before I head off to hit the trail.

- Today kicks off National Park Week!

- Gabe has a few inspiring posts up on the REI blog:

Why You Should Include Kids on Your Outdoor Adventures and Parents Toolbox: Tips for Making Adventures with Kids a Success

- Ants in space!

- Linda shared a great review and is giving away a copy of the new book “How to Raise a Wild Child.”

Have you found any nature related posts or articles you would like to share?

You can do so in the comments or over in our Mud Puddles to Meteors Facebook Group. Thanks!

 

Happy Exploring!

 

 

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It’s a rainy and relatively lazy Friday around these parts (an out of town babysitter means a forced, but welcome, day off of work), so it seemed to make sense to pop in and share the newest favorite book at our house.

 

Outside your Window: A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies and Mark Hearld was a lucky find at a local book sale a few months back, and has been in nearly constant reading rotation ever since. Filled with bright and beautiful illustrations and somewhat free form poems about the natural world and all it has to offer, Outside your Window is an excellent and accessible guide to nature that adults will enjoy reading, and smaller folk will love to look at and listen to. With poems on subjects as diverse as baby spiders, pigeons, and the joys of milking cows, Outside your Window is equally suitable for both rainy day couch reading and mellow evening story time. The book’s poems are organized according to season, making this book one that can be enjoyed year round, and one that makes a good jumping off point for exploring particular plants or animals more in depth.

Whether your small folks are into worms or geese, farms or forest, there is plenty to love in this book. A little something for the nature lover in each of us, and especially those who appreciate particularly compelling illustrations. Hearld’s pictures could stand alone, but paired with Davies’ poems, they make Outside your Window just about as good as books get.

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Nature Around the Net

April 11, 2015

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We have collected some wonderful links for you today. Enjoy!

-  Nature Poems for Children. There are lots of favorite books in this post!

- The Top 5 Reasons to Garden with Kids (Even If You Have a Black Thumb)

- A Beginner’s Guide to Orienteering (including a video tutorial about using a map and compass)

- Watch for Venus and the Seven Sisters tonight after sunset!

Environmental Education: Deep in the Heart of the City

Have you found any nature related posts or articles you would like to share? You can do so in the comments or over in our Mud Puddles to Meteors Facebook Group. Thanks!

 

On a side note: Our editor at Roost Books sent us page proofs and a peek at the cover of our book, “Whatever the Weather,” this week! While we can’t share a look just yet we are close and so very excited to share with you soon!

 

Happy Exploring this Weekend!

~ Dawn & Annie

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Nature Around the Net

April 4, 2015

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On this holiday weekend we have a few links to share. They are very spring oriented, rightly so. (The melt is sure on here in Nova Scotia!)

How to make Exploding Spring Eggs

- Since spring is bug season you may want to take a look at the awesome set of Insect Cards (and everything else) in Alice’s shop!

(We have shared Alice’s great little shop before but it recently came up again and well, we love it so!)

- The Simple ID Key at Go Botany is really great!

- “Draw Yourself Back into Nature” eCourse is coming soon over at Wings, Worms and Wonder!

Have you found any nature related links this week? Please share in the comments or on the Mud Puddles to Meteors Facebook Group.

 

We are looking for contributors to share their nature walks!

If you have a special trail or trip you would like to share for our Hitting the Trail post series please contact Dawn at dawnsuzettesmith (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Nature Around the Net

March 28, 2015

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We found some super great links to share today.

- The Wilder Child Book Club! Awesome!

- Check out the night sky tonight.

- The Sneaky Reason Why Plants Bear Fleshy Fruit!

- Our Favorite Ways to Play Outdoors in the Spring!

- Moving Forward to a Nature-Rich Civilization.

There were also some great links shared this week in the Mud Puddles to Meteors Facebook Group. Pop over to join if you are on FB.

Have you found any great nature related posts or articles to share? Please do so in the comments. We would love to see what you are reading!

 

 

 

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Nature In Your Neighborhood is a feature that focuses on the nature that we all interact with in our everyday lives. Through the window of these posts you can catch glimpses of nature in action in locations across the country (and sometimes beyond). 

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Katrina, from the Islands of the West Coast, contributed this beautiful shot to the flickr group. It is so nice to see blossoms.

Her Blossom.

Her Blossom

Thank you for sharing, Katrina!

Have you been seeing blossoms in your area? We would love to see them!

A Note About Contributing to Nature In Your Neighborhood:

If you would like to contribute please either add a photo or two with a short description to the Flickr group, post it to the Facebook Group, or shoot us an email with your photo(s) and a few sentences about your experience at: kidsandnature (at) gmail (dot) com. (Please also include your location – your state or country is fine).

We would also love to highlight photos and descriptions from young naturalist out there. If your child would like to contribute a photo of what they found, and tell us a little about it, please encourage them to do so and we will spotlight them in a “Young Naturalist” post. (Don’t worry so much about photo quality. We would love to share their work!)

We are looking forward to sharing your nature finds and continuing to encourage families to look high and low for nature all around.

 

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