Category Archives: Connecting to Nature

Fish Whisperer

First snorkel Perched on a rock in the rapids A large muskie swam up and rested beside me Ecstatic wondered if I should be panicked. Hoped that I was not wearing anything shiny that looked tasty to a muskie. Welcome … Continue reading

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Thirteen Year-old Naturalist

Felix Fettig is passionate about butterflies, native plants and amphibians. In 3rd grade Felix started raising monarch caterpillars and has done this activity for the past five years. “ I just feel really passionate about this. I have raised monarchs, … Continue reading

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Art in the Upper Mississippi Flood Plain

Eight teenagers face the wilds of the Mississippi River and try to be true to their art and creativity. Carol Sirrine of ArtStart offered  a residency to some gifted art students. This week their challenge was to create experimental art … Continue reading

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Frogs, Frogs, Frogs

The parade of frogs to the breeding ponds begins soon after the ice is out (usually after April 15th), as they fulfill their yearly mating ritual. In the spring I try to spend as much time as possible in the … Continue reading

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Sights and Sounds of Spring 2016

Spring weather has finally arrived. It is time to get outside and witness the unfolding of spring. Below are four common spring calls. How many can you identify? 1. 2. 3. 4.                                            2.                                        3.                                      4.        Chickadee … Continue reading

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Naturalist in the Schools

                   

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Life and Death in the Okavango Delta

Editor’s Note: Jane Ball is a world traveler, and has some incredible photos at her website: www.janeballphotography.com.     This is the second of a two part series, written by Jane, about her latest trip to Botswana. Our final camp had tented … Continue reading

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Fall on Fire – Gatewood School Poetry

Fifth graders at Gatewood Elementary expressed what was in their hearts, writing haiku, cinquain, and sensory poems. All photos by students. The poetry residency was funded by the Gatewood PTO. I am I am the ladybug, gliding gracefully up the … Continue reading

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Life and Death in the Kalahari

Editor’s Note: Jane Ball is a world traveler, and has some incredible photos at her website: www.janeballphotography.com.     This is the first of a two part series, written by Jane, about her latest trip to Africa.   I recently returned from … Continue reading

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Ten Year-Old Farmer

Curran Ikhaml is a 5th grader at Gatewood Elementary. Her parents, Julie and Jim are committed to living close the land in the suburbs of the Twin Cities. This is her story: “I got the idea to have my own … Continue reading

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