Monthly Archives: December 2011

Nikki McClure connects children to nature through her papercut art

In mid-September I took my wife to an exhibit of one of her favorite artists, Nikki McClure. She’s in the Pacific Northwest and very popular here. You can check out all of my photos from the exhibit here, but I … Continue reading

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Babysitting bullfrogs

Bullfrogs are unwanted in the natural areas of Oregon. Some friends caught some young ones, and we happily babysat them – and a crayfish – while they went on vacation in late August/early September.

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Wednesday photo of the week: arm in arm with nature

Photo by Bill Evans of the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation Department, original here.

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Monday thought of the week: Nature is home

A thought: Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. – Gary Snyder, poet and environmental activist, in The Practice of the Wild (Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2010 [1990]), p. 7 I found this quote through Scott Sampson’s Twitter feed, … Continue reading

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Whale Watching Week on the Oregon Coast begins today!

It’s that time of year again, when Gray Whales are migrating south and you can see them along the Oregon coast. Last year we went to Ecola State Park to try and see some, but the Oregon State Parks volunteer … Continue reading

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Tualatin Hills Nature Park in Beaverton

Patrick and I went to the movies in Beaverton on December 23rd (The Adventures of Tintin – wonderful!), and I figured that since we were so close to the nature park we’d head over. We met up with someone who works … Continue reading

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The Bug Chicks at the Hillsdale Library

In November I mentioned that The Bug Chicks would be doing programs at various Portland library branches in late November and December. My wife took Patrick to see them at the Hillsdale Library on December 21st, and I’ll share some … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo of the week: nature journal

This week I helped Patrick with starting his very first nature journal, at Bryant Woods Nature Park in Lake Oswego. He drew a tree with a bird’s nest in it (we saw three nests altogether and talked about how this … Continue reading

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Puddle Stompers at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Via: Puddle Stompers Description: Do you have a little one who enjoys being outdoors? Are you wondering what you can do during the rainy season? Bring your littlest naturalist to the Refuge to stomp in puddles and learn to appreciate … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays!

We hope you can find some time to be outside and explore nature during the holidays… – Michael, Catherine, and Patrick

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