“Snow on the Prairie”: research for an opioid alternative blooms in our own backyard.

I was just driving my eldest home from ballet class yesterday evening when we passed a large patch of these on the roadside, and I wondered to myself, is this native? Oh how badly I wanted to just pull over (on this road with barely a shoulder) and snap a photo to ID it.

The Common Sense of Prescribing Nature

“I don’t know if people realize how important it is for people like me to be able to learn how to live in the world again, because trees are forgiving. The grass doesn’t judge you. The grass doesn’t care how squirrelly you seem to be that day. It doesn’t care. When I first started this, I’m like, oh, come on, seriously? Going outside is going to help what, really? But, amazingly so, it does help.” – Vercincia Vinzant as interviewed by Cat Wise for the PBS News Hour

The NWF Eco-Schools Challenge

Our latest issue of Ranger Rick magazine’s (rangerrick.org) extra cover jacket sported a short, almost hidden little column on “Empowering Students to be Environmental Stewards.” And it questioned whether our local schools were part of …

The Serendipity of Anna Maltby’s “How to Waste Less Every Day” article in Real Simple Magazine

Most magazines annoy me because it’s all ads, and BUY BUY BUY. But this most recent publication of Real Simple just happened to land on my kitchen countertop, and instead of shuffling it aside (because mail strewn on my countertop is a top pet peeve), I flipped it open and found this beautifully compiled article on all things “less trash.”

Greta Thunberg and her Climate Mission

Greta Thunberg is able to recognize a future for her and the global community that needs a voice, and in spite of adversity and all the naysayers, and her Asperger’s diagnosis (which already makes public speaking a huge mountain to climb) – she is before the world presenting her heart and soul.

Make Way for the Recycling Brigade!

Make Way for the Recycling Brigade! This year begins my saga as the school PTA’S Environment Chair and head of the Super Recycling Program!

Solitary Bee Support

Over the summer, our mint went wild and so did its blooms which gave the kids and I a chance to really check out some bees. I purposely did not trim them down because we …

Know Your Snakes! Part II…

Our second encounter was during the final weeks of summer vacation during a jaunt up Little Cottonwood Canyon in Utah. The prior week I had taken the kiddos up a quick access falls trail across …

Snake Encounters! or “Know Your Snakes!” and the Giant Mystery Fly …

The remainder of our summer adventures led us to two unexpectedly close serpentine encounters, both with my three year old son at the forefront. I either have to be grateful for the learning opportunity or …