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NOTICING NATURE | 3 MAY FLOWERS

Multiflora rose is an invasive species from Asia that thrives in our area. It was brought to the United States in the 1860’s as a valuable agricultural product. Farmers would plant the multiflora rose around the perimeter of a cattle field to create a “living fence” that required low maintenance and provided wildlife habitat as […]

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NATURE ACTIVITIES | 3 SPRING EXPERIMENTS

Science can be fun when you can use nature as your tools. Here are 3  experiments to do this spring! Here’s a great activity to get kids excited about growing plants and to practice close observation skills. Choose 3-6 different types of seeds, and plant them in the same soil on the same day. Record […]

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NATURE ACTIVITIES | 3 MARCH ACTIVITIES

Early spring is a great time to be more active outside with activities and crafts. Try these interactive activities with your kids soon. March is here and as we see some spring color start to appear we might also have some freezing nights. This is a great chance to make some colorful ice wreaths at […]

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NOTICING NATURE | 3 TIPS FOR MARCH

The snow is melting and spring is starting to show! Here are three things to find in March in Western North Carolina. The Northern Cardinal is a beautiful species that is easy to spot year-round, as they do not migrate! The male is bright red, and the female is mostly brown with a red beak, […]

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NOTICING NATURE | 3 EARLY SPRING PLANTS

Be careful when you step outside in early spring. These plants are starting to grow right under your feet! Look around and see what you can find! This plant is not as dangerous as it sounds! The name “Deadnettle” refers to the fact that the leaves look very similar to stinging nettle, but they do […]

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3 Winter “Water” Activities

Winter months bring new versions of water to explore: snow and ice. Try these three fun winter water activities with us! To catch and observe the best snowflakes, you have to plan ahead! Place a piece of black paper or thick fabric in the freezer before a big snow. When you want to catch snowflakes, […]

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Winter Scavenger Hunt

Grab your kiddos and head outside to find these three things in nature! How many can you find? There may not be many leaves or flowers to look at right now, but it is a great time to look for mushrooms! With fewer leaves to hide behind mushrooms are easier to spot. Keep an eye […]

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