Nature Fun for Kids: Take a Photo Walk

Our new favorite nature outing is to take a walk together with our cameras.  Provide a child with a camera, and he’ll see the world in a different way.  Every day while in Yosemite National Park last week, my son begged us to take him outside to photograph the flowers.  Obviously, Yosemite naturally calls to be photographed, but we have just as much fun walking … Continue reading Nature Fun for Kids: Take a Photo Walk

Celebrating the Summer Solstice, Part 2, Riding Bikes at Redwood Regional Park

After spending the morning at the beach (Celebrating the Summer Solstice, Part 1, Shorebird Park, Berkeley ), we headed into the Oakland Hills for an afternoon bike ride at Redwood Regional Park.  One of my favorite ways to escape the heat on a hot summer day is to escape into the redwoods!  The paved trail here is perfect for kids on bikes, as it’s only … Continue reading Celebrating the Summer Solstice, Part 2, Riding Bikes at Redwood Regional Park

Please Vote for Me! Top 25 Photographer Moms 2012

I’ve been entered in the Circle of Mom’s Top 25 Photographer Moms contest.  In order to be placed in the top 25, I need your help.  Please take a moment to vote.. it will truly only take a few seconds of your time! Click on this link… http://www.circleofmoms.com/top25/Top-25-Photographer-Moms-2012 Scroll down to find “A Nature Mom” Click the “thumbs up” symbol next to my blog That’s … Continue reading Please Vote for Me! Top 25 Photographer Moms 2012

Celebrating the Summer Solstice, Part 1, Shorebird Park, Berkeley

We celebrated the Summer Solstice yesterday with two awesome nature outings. The first? Beach play with friends at Shorebird Park in Berkeley. I’ve been wanting to visit this park for a while now, as this is where the famous Adventure Playground (considered by National Geographic to be one of the top ten playgrounds in the U.S.) is located. We didn’t make it to that playground … Continue reading Celebrating the Summer Solstice, Part 1, Shorebird Park, Berkeley

Another Favorite… The Coyote

Early yesterday morning, while waiting for the water for my tea to boil, my son brought me to wakefulness by loudly exclaiming…  “THE COYOTE!  THE COYOTE!  MOMMY!  GET THE CAMERA!  IT’S THE COYOTE!”  I had to move fast… Here are my pre-caffeine photos of the coyote hunting for his breakfast on the hill behind our home… You may also enjoy… The Baby Deer Backyard Wildlife… … Continue reading Another Favorite… The Coyote

Camping in the Redwoods, Butano State Park

Butano State Park… I love this place! It’s a short drive from our home in the San Francisco East Bay, as it takes us little over an hour to reach Pescadero. The campground is small, quiet, tucked away in a canyon filled with redwoods. Camping here is an annual tradition for us, and is usually something we like to do early in the summer. It’s … Continue reading Camping in the Redwoods, Butano State Park

Strawberry Picking Fun! Swanton Berry Farm U-Pik

As part of our annual summer camping trip to Butano State Park, our tradition is to go strawberry picking at our favorite organic u-pik farm, Swanton Berry Farm, located just south of Pescadero (or north of Santa Cruz).  This is an easy day trip from the Bay Area, and great to incorporate into a visit to Ano Nuevo State Park or Pigeon Point Lighthouse. What’s … Continue reading Strawberry Picking Fun! Swanton Berry Farm U-Pik

Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

On our way back to the car from the San Francisco Botanical Garden (see post from yesterday), we took a little detour to visit Stow Lake.  We first discovered the lake on a visit to Golden Gate Park a few weeks ago.  Now, how did we “discover” a lake that’s been there since 1893?  Let alone Golden Gate Park’s largest body of water?  We simply … Continue reading Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park

My husband, a 5th grade teacher, is now on vacation for the summer.  We celebrated the beginning of the season with a family trip to the San Francisco Botanical Garden, located in Golden Gate Park.  Neither my husband nor I had been here before, so we were excited to explore.  The second Tuesday of each month is free, so that’s when we went!  Note that … Continue reading San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park

Children and Nature USA : Campaigns to Get Children Outdoors Make Progress

Originally posted on LEARN FROM NATURE:
Cover via Amazon Three times more children and youth getting outdoors in nature from 2009 to 2011—some good from Children & Nature Network (C&NN) survey!  The 2011 Children & Nature Network (C&NN) survey of grassroots leaders of regional, statewide and provincial campaigns shows a three-fold increase in the number of children and youth getting outdoors in nature from 2009… Continue reading Children and Nature USA : Campaigns to Get Children Outdoors Make Progress

Dandelions and Sunshine, Versatility and Love

I just realized my post yesterday (My Childhood Play… My Love of Nature) was my 100th!  I remember only a few months ago, being on post number two, wondering what I’d write about to get me to ten.  Now I can’t seem to stop… I’ve been blessed with a wonderful group of readers, and today I’d like to thank those of you who have given … Continue reading Dandelions and Sunshine, Versatility and Love

My Childhood Play… My Love of Nature

This is the backyard of my childhood home.  These are the places I played as a child, building forts, climbing trees, scaling mountains, running from dinosaurs, becoming a world explorer, digging like an archaeologist, wading in the creek, catching crawdads, watching frogs lay eggs, and observing the development of pollywogs.  This was the play of a child falling in love with nature. Are you a … Continue reading My Childhood Play… My Love of Nature

My Little Birder… Loving the Chickadee!

My five-year-old son has a new hobby.  Bird watching.  About a week or so ago, once a day, he began telling me, “I’m going into the backyard to watch the birds.”  Then he’ll proceed to sit quietly, completely still for 20-30 minutes, waiting for birds to appear. Well, a few days ago, he excitedly ran into the house screaming, “Mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy… there’s a … Continue reading My Little Birder… Loving the Chickadee!

Monarchs! Butterfly & Bird Festival, Coyote Hills, Fremont

This morning we attended the 13th Annual Butterfly and Bird Festival, held at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont.  We’ve attended this event the past two years, too, and this just may be my son’s favorite festival.  It’s kind of funny, since my son isn’t usually into doing crafty type activities, but he absolutely LOVES the ones offered at this festival. Maybe it’s the theme?  … Continue reading Monarchs! Butterfly & Bird Festival, Coyote Hills, Fremont

Exploring the Ringtail Cat Trail, Las Trampas, Alamo

Another great Outdoor Discoveries outing!  Today, the naturalist took the kids up the Ringtail Cat Trail into Las Trampas Regional Park for a “beanstalk lunch hike” to learn about vines.  This is another of my favorite trails in the area, especially on a hot summer day, as the trail winds above a creek through a beautiful shade-covered canyon.  Here are a few of the cool … Continue reading Exploring the Ringtail Cat Trail, Las Trampas, Alamo

Hiking the Martin Canyon Creek Trail, Dublin, California

The Martin Canyon Creek Trail is my favorite spot to hike in Dublin.  It’s even better now that the trail has been cut through to connect with the Dublin Hills Regional Park.  Dublin gets pretty hot in the summer, and this is the only place to hike in the city that has shade. The trail used to only be maintained to the city’s edge, making … Continue reading Hiking the Martin Canyon Creek Trail, Dublin, California

Tony Hawk Event, Rad Science Exhibit, Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley

Yesterday we had the opportunity to see Tony Hawk and other professional skateboarders perform, as part of the opening festivities of the new Tony Hawk Rad Science exhibit at the Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS). All I can say is… it was awesome.  Here’s the event description from the LHS website… “Watch Tony Hawk, along with other professional skateboarders, perform an exciting demonstration on a … Continue reading Tony Hawk Event, Rad Science Exhibit, Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley

Tea Party!

Did you know boys enjoy tea parties, too? Friday afternoon, my son walked downstairs carrying his tea set and suggested we have a tea party in the backyard. Well, why not? We cleaned up the dishes, I made us some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and he set the table outside. Believe it or not, we spent the next TWO HOURS sitting in the yard, … Continue reading Tea Party!