Category Archives: Connecting to Nature

A Sense of Place – Journey to the Center of the Earth

To see the video of the river, you will need to use your Safari browser. This is the third in a series of stories about a “Sense of Place”, where a person can feel the wonder on nature. This story … Continue reading

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A Journey of Wonder and Awe at the Big Woods State Park

This is the first in a series of postings about our relationships with the land and the wild places that are in our hearts. Through text and photographs, Dale Antonson shares with readers his connection with Nerstrand Woods. The path … Continue reading

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Metamorphosis

Article and photos  by Kelly Shea, who is currently living in Puebla, Mexico, studying Spanish and spending some much needed time as a global citizen. Similar to the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, I find myself here in Mexico … Continue reading

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My Teacher has Four Legs

Editor note: Gretchen and Dick Alford are people from the Dog Tribe and each share their story. Gretchen: I just returned from the second of our twice daily walks in the back woods with our now 8 year old British … Continue reading

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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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