Nature Studies

Between the Tides

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Maine at its Best recently sent along a press release about a new book, What happens to the denizens of the tidal zone when the sea recedes? This is the question that award-winning author Fran Hodgkins answers in a playful yet instructive way. Children are introduced to crabs, sea urchins, mussels, sea worms, starfish,...
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Sea Vent Viewer

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The National Science Foundation site reads: 1.5 miles beneath the oceans surface on the seafloor, exists a strange and fascinating world that thrives in the absence of sunlight. Hydrothermal vents support a rich ecosystem that includes fish, shrimp, tubeworms, mussels, crabs, and clams. Hydrothermal Vents can be found on the ocean floor in areas...
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The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids

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The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids This familiar kids version of the Farmer’s Almanac contains wacky facts, amazing stories, and fun, hands on activities! The almanac includes: * weather and astronomy * gardening and farming * sports and pets * history and nature * and more! You will want to visit the Web Site,...
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Celebrate Urban Birds

From Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Dear friend, A wonderful activity is coming up May 10-13 to help young people reconnect with nature, learn about birds, and contribute to science. “Celebrate Urban Birds!” is taking place across the country, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Families, schools, youth groups, clubs, and after-school programs will...
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Butterfly Gardens

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Many years ago we bought a butterfly kit that included a certificate to send away for the larvae and food. Once the larvae arrived, it was great fun to watch them spin their cocoons and then later see each one emerge from their chrysalis as a butterfly. I remember setting them free only to...
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Arbor Day Resources

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Arbor Day Around the World from the National Arbor Day Foundation Arbor Day Dates across America from the National Arbor Day Foundation Arbor Day History from the National Arbor Day Foundation Arbor Day Crafts From Enchanted Learning: Tree Games from the National Arbor Day Foundation ConcenTREEtion Leaf Miner Life of the Forest Life of...
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April is National Gardening Month

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The National Gardening Association offers a feature that allows you to check on gardening in your area. Visit their site here and look for, “View your Regional Report” where can enter your zipcode to access the information. They also have a “Kids Gardening” area that offers a newsletter, Classroom Projects,Thematic Explorations, Parents ‘Primer, Activities,...
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Earth Day

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Earth Day 2007 falls on Sunday, April 22, 2007 Here are some Earth Day Resources: All About Earth Day from The Wilderness Society Celebrate Earth Day from the U.S. EPA Chemists Celebrate Earth Day EcoKids Online Earth 911- Making Every Day Earth Day (find where to recycle almost anything by zipcode) Earth Day Crafts...
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Plants in Motion

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Using time lapse photography, at this site one can view germination, photomorphogenesis, tropisms, nastic, movements, circadian responses, general growth, flowers and cellular responses. There are also instructions for making your own time-lapse movie. The project also inspired a collaborative project of the United States Botanic Garden, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and Roger Hangarter called...
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Looking for some “Good Stuff” for a learning project for your group or family?

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Rebecca Rupp offers some great ideas in her HEM March- April 2007 Good Stuff Column, Knitting, Mittens, Math and More. While reading the column I learned that “Knitting is in” and that “about 33% of women knit- up from 12% in 2002″. I also learned that www.MenKnit.net offers a history of knitting that states...
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