Creating Our Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Step One, Provide Food

Today my son and I began working towards making our backyard into a Certified Wildlife Habitat, per the guidelines provided by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). I figured it would be best for my four-year-old if we only focus on one aspect of certification at at a time. Our focus today? Step one: Provide Food … More Creating Our Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Step One, Provide Food

Attract Wildlife to Your Home – Create a Backyard Wildlife Habitat

After struggling with what to do with our little backyard for the last several years, I think I’ve finally found a solution. The main constraint for us is an oak tree that covers our entire yard with shade, making vegetable gardening difficult. The only plant thriving in our yard is rosemary. Kale does pretty well, … More Attract Wildlife to Your Home – Create a Backyard Wildlife Habitat

Look for Lizards

As the weather has been warming up, we’ve been seeing more and more lizards on our walks.  I believe these little guys (they are about 3-5 inches long) are Western Fence Lizards.  We have them all over the place here in the East Bay. Maybe your child(ren) would like to go on a walk to … More Look for Lizards

Family Hike, Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, Oakland

After several days stuck home due to sickness, my husband, son, and I headed out today for a short hike through the Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve in the Oakland Hills.  The 1.7 mile Huckleberry Path seemed about the right distance, and I’ve heard from many sources that it’s a great hike to do with a … More Family Hike, Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, Oakland

Book Recommendation: Best Hikes with Kids, San Francisco Bay Area

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area (or plan to visit) and you have kids and enjoy hiking, you should have Laure Latham‘s (aka Frog Mom) book, Best Hikes with Kids, San Francisco Bay Area, in your personal library.  When this book first came out last year, I checked it out from the … More Book Recommendation: Best Hikes with Kids, San Francisco Bay Area

Earth Day 2012

How do you plan to celebrate Earth Day this weekend? Assuming my son is feeling better (he has a horrible sore throat today), on Saturday we will head to Crissy Field in San Francisco for Earth Stroll 2012.  Sounds fun… “Adventurous activities and games, hosted by some of the Bay Area’s leading environmental organizations, will … More Earth Day 2012

Tartan Day Scottish Fair, Ardenwood Historic Farm

Sunshine and warmth… much appreciated after a week of storms! And a beautiful day to celebrate our Scottish heritage. We attended the Tartan Day Scottish Fair, held today at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont. The bagpipes, the fiddlers, the people walking around in traditional dress, the highland games, and historic reenactments were all interesting, but … More Tartan Day Scottish Fair, Ardenwood Historic Farm

Family Bike Ride, Bayview Trail, Coyote Hills Regional Park

The 3.5 mile, paved Bayview Trail in Coyote Hills Regional Park is perfect for the beginning cyclist.  I consider a good bike route for my son to be relatively flat, separate from cars, and under five miles.  This trail seemed about right.  My four-year-old had a little trouble with a slight hill at the beginning … More Family Bike Ride, Bayview Trail, Coyote Hills Regional Park

Urbia Adventure # 1: Treasure in the Hills of San Francisco

Aargh, Batman… there’s treasure in yonder hills!  OK, so pirate speak and Batman don’t really go together, but I can’t seem to get my little one out his Batman raincoat these days… not even for a bit of treasure seeking.  We had an unexpected break in the rain today, so we drove into San Francisco … More Urbia Adventure # 1: Treasure in the Hills of San Francisco

Solo Hike, Rocky Ridge View Trail, Las Trampas, San Ramon

With summer only a couple months away, it’s time to begin training for summer hiking in the Sierras.    Also, after the social and kid-oriented Easter festivities yesterday, I really needed to regroup this morning with a little alone time.  I also felt the need for some exercise after the feast at my parent’s house yesterday.  … More Solo Hike, Rocky Ridge View Trail, Las Trampas, San Ramon

Urbia Adventures: Exploring Nature in San Francisco

A friend recently told me about some fun-looking educational treasure hunting booklets created and sold through the Urbia Adventure League. These booklets were created based upon the concept of letterboxing (which I wrote about last week), but add so much more. Each booklet has at least ten pages packed full of information and activities designed … More Urbia Adventures: Exploring Nature in San Francisco

Solo Time

As much as I love my family and friends, sometimes I need to get out into nature for a little alone time.  Today my husband suggested he take our son to a friend’s sixth birthday party, so that I could go out for a hike.  Hm… birthday party with ten or more kids, spun out … More Solo Time