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Yosemite… Flowers Everywhere

Our first day in Yosemite, my five-year-old and I took a walk to check out the wildflowers.  I was impressed with his enthusiasm.  First, he exclaimed, ” Look!  Milkweed!!!”  Then a bit later, “And Indian Paintbrush!!”  These little blue butterflies were fluttering about everywhere.  Magical…

Ah… Yosemite

We’ve been in Yosemite for the past week without Internet access.  We’re home now, and I’ll catch up with you all as soon as I can!  Hope you had a great week!! This is the view from the top of Sentinel Dome… a great hike to do with kids!

The California Towhee

The California Towhee family has been hanging out in our backyard for months and months, but I’ve been struggling to capture a photograph of the little guys.  They like to hop around on the ground, eating the seeds the other birds have knocked out of the feeder.  This is also the bird who ate all … More The California Towhee

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

Please Vote for Me! Top 25 Photographer Moms 2012

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

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…

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 … More My Childhood Play… My Love of Nature

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 … More 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 … More Exploring the Ringtail Cat Trail, Las Trampas, Alamo

Solar Oven S’Mores

Yesterday afternoon, we attended a festival held by the East Bay Regional Park District at Shadow Cliffs in celebration of the Transit 0f Venus. While checking out the sun through the telescopes was pretty cool, the highlight for my son (other than playing in the trees with his friends) was making s’mores in a pizza … More Solar Oven S’Mores

Farewell, Turkeys!

It’s been more than a week since we’ve seen our resident turkeys.  I don’t know where they go over the summer, but I know they’ll return in the fall!  They always do. A pair, on the hill… The one who visits us on our fence each day in the spring and fall… My son and … More Farewell, Turkeys!

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 … More 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, … More Tea Party!