Rainy Day Fun: Snail Watching

After a night of rain, my son usually rushes outside to see if any snails came out.  He found this one yesterday morning on our front walkway.  He crouched there and watched it for about fifteen minutes, then rushed inside to tell me all the cute things the snail did. Photos taken March 28th, 2013 You may also enjoy this post:  Search for Snails Continue reading Rainy Day Fun: Snail Watching

Thank you! Top 25 Outdoorsy Moms 2013

Thank you to everyone who put in votes for me in the Circle of Moms Top 25 Outdoorsy Moms 2013 contest.  The contest ended today, and I’m in the top twenty-five!  Thank you, thank you, thank you! There were so many wonderful nature-loving mom-bloggers entered in the contest.  Here are my favorites (in no particular order).  I love what all these moms are doing to … Continue reading Thank you! Top 25 Outdoorsy Moms 2013

Kid Science: Owl Pellet Dissection

Owls are fascinating creatures.  They have a special organ (gizzard) that stores the undigestible parts of their prey, preventing these parts (bones, teeth, fur, feathers) from proceeding through the digestive tract.  The gizzard compresses these parts into a pellet which is later regurgitated.  This is a pretty simplistic explanation.  If you’d like to learn more, check out this page from the website, The Owl Pages,… … Continue reading Kid Science: Owl Pellet Dissection

Sacramento: Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park

If you’re ever in Sacramento, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park is spot you must visit.  Growing up in Sacramento, this was a regular outing on school field trips, so I take it for granted.  My husband, however, hadn’t been before, and he thought it was amazing.  It was fun to see the fort through the eyes of my husband and son. A bit of history… … Continue reading Sacramento: Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park

Great book! Friends of the Earth: A History of American Environmentalism

In preparation for Earth Day next month, I’m currently reading a wonderful book… Friends of the Earth:  A History of American Environmentalism by Pat McCarthy.   The book, written for children ages 9 and up,  introduces the efforts, struggles, and triumphs of men and women (scientists, artists, authors, naturalists) who dedicated their lives to protecting the United States’ natural heritage.  The author has also included twenty-one … Continue reading Great book! Friends of the Earth: A History of American Environmentalism

Signs of Spring: The Return of the Turkeys

Early yesterday morning, my son ran into the living room and screamed, “The turkeys are back!  Come look at them all!”  Sure enough, there was a gang of ten or so, walking across the hill behind our home.  The turkeys can be seen around Dublin throughout the winter, but only return to our neighborhood in the spring.  Glad to see them back!  I love to … Continue reading Signs of Spring: The Return of the Turkeys

Sausalito: San Francisco Bay-Delta Model

Apparently, back in the 1950’s, engineers were considering building two dams in the San Francisco Bay to create fresh water reservoirs, right in the bay.  Luckily, the US Army Corps of Engineers decided it would be a good idea to study the potential impacts that such a huge undertaking might have, both environmentally and economically, on the surrounding communities.  So, in 1957, they built the … Continue reading Sausalito: San Francisco Bay-Delta Model

Photography for Kids: Fun with an iPhone

I enjoyed a fun walk around our neighborhood on Monday with my son, looking for signs of spring.  My son loves to take photos, but he’s become frustrated with the quality of the images he takes on the kid camera we gave him for his birthday last year.  He wants to be able to take photos close-up, and his camera simply doesn’t zoom in well.  … Continue reading Photography for Kids: Fun with an iPhone

Looking for Signs of Spring: A Walk Around the Neighborhood

After school on Monday, we went for a walk around our neighborhood to look for signs of spring. As an extension of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge (Phoneography Challenge: My Neighborhood), I gave my iPhone to my five-year-old son and asked him to take photos of what he could find.  The signs he saw were primarily floral… wildflowers and blossoming trees.  We did see our … Continue reading Looking for Signs of Spring: A Walk Around the Neighborhood

Please vote for me! Top 25 Outdoorsy Moms 2013 Contest

I’ve been entered in the Circle of Mom’s “Top 25 Outdoorsy Moms 2013” 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-Outdoorsy-Moms-2013 Scroll down to find “A Nature Mom” Click the “heart” symbol in my blog section That’s … Continue reading Please vote for me! Top 25 Outdoorsy Moms 2013 Contest

Hike: Bollinger Creek Trail, Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Yesterday, I hiked this section of the Bollinger Creek Loop Trail in Las Trampas Regional Wilderness with some friends.  It’s is one of the few trails in Las Trampas that is shade-covered.  It’s also relatively short, with the section along the creek and through the trees being only 0.69 miles (one-way).  This is a fun trail to hike with kids, as there’s a lot to … Continue reading Hike: Bollinger Creek Trail, Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Shadow Cliffs: Pleasanton

Yesterday, my son had a school field trip to Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area, a large park located in Pleasanton, near the Livermore border.  The students have been learning about the life cycle through the study of trout.  They went to Shadow Cliffs to release baby trout into the lake.  But they also had a lot of fun running around the grass and beach, checking … Continue reading Shadow Cliffs: Pleasanton