Earthquake! And More… California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

For months, my son has been asking when the new Earthquake exhibit will be opening at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Well, it finally opened last weekend, so I took him on Tuesday. How was the exhibit? I thought it was great! First, visitors are shown a short movie about plate tectonics. … More Earthquake! And More… California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

Backyard Wildlife… Baby Jay

The baby scrub jay is leaving the nest more frequently, testing his wings… so cute.  Every time the baby “screeches” for food, he puffs up and flaps his wings. And here’s mom (or dad)… Related articles Backyard Wildlife… Scrub Jay (anaturemom.com) Bring Wildlife to Your Home – Create a Backyard Wildlife Habitat (anaturemom.com)

Readership Appreciation Award.. Thank You!

Thank you to FeyGirl at Serenity Spell, one of my absolute favorite blogs, for passing along the Readership Appreciation Award to me!  If you are interested in wildlife and photography, I highly recommend you check out Fey’s blog.  It’s gorgeous! Now, for the six blogs, each nature-inspired, that I’d like to pass the Readership Appreciation … More Readership Appreciation Award.. Thank You!

Birding with Kids, Shadow Cliffs, Pleasanton

Since the week my son turned three, we’ve been attending the East Bay Regional Parks Outdoor Discoveries program, a naturalist-led class designed specifically for three-five year-old children.  Each outing includes a hike and plenty of time for observation, exploration, and play.  To make the classes even more fun, I always invite friends from my Nature … More Birding with Kids, Shadow Cliffs, Pleasanton

Ten Fun East Bay Parks with Free Water Play Features

The weather is warming up, so  it’s time to find fun outdoor activities for the kids that incorporate water play.  Kids love to play in water… any kind of water!  The play areas I’ve included in this list are all free and are located within local community parks.  If the features aren’t already on in … More Ten Fun East Bay Parks with Free Water Play Features

The Little Brown Bird

This little bird is my son’s favorite visitor.  He says the bird has “cool creature powers,” as the bird can jump along vertically up our back fence.  I believe this is an oak titmouse.  All I know is it’s cute, and my son loves it. Also, I’m looking for some suggestions.  For bird identification, I’m … More The Little Brown Bird

Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award.. Thank You!

Very cool!  Travel Lady with Baby has passed this award on to me.  Thank you!  I love your blog! *** The rules for this award are that you must answer the following ten questions and nominate ten blogs that you think deserve the award. 1. Describe yourself in seven words.  Caring, Loving, Earthy, Passionate, Observant, … More Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award.. Thank You!

Visit a Garden for Free! National Public Gardens Day 2012

This Friday, May 11th, is National Public Gardens Day!  Better Homes & Gardens and the American Public Garden Association have collaborated to provide free admission to gardens throughout the United States and Canada.  What a wonderful program to help people discover and learn about their local gardens! Interested in attending?  Sign up through the Better … More Visit a Garden for Free! National Public Gardens Day 2012

Gardening with Grandpa

Over the weekend, we went to Sacramento to help my parents plant their vegetable garden.  The garden has historically been my mom’s project.  However, as my parents have become older (they are now entering their 80’s), the yard work has become more difficult for them.  My mom uses a walker, and getting down to the … More Gardening with Grandpa