Helping children and families connect with the natural world

"In a Nut Shell" Blog

Penny Folsom shares her thoughts on a monthly basis with those interested in helping children and families connect with the natural world.

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And Into the Forest I Go...

I took advantage of a nice fall day to visit a nature center that I have never been to before. It was well worth it. As I entered the trail system, I went with the Ridge Trail that would lead me to a tree-top overlook. The hardwood forest I was in was beginning to grow brilliant with reds and yellows. As I walked, I inhaled deeply, smelling the moist autumn air. I love the variety of smells; definitely, fall is in the air.

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Summer Bugs...

Summer is well under way in Michigan. This is a great time of year to explore and study bugs and insects. We tend to use the word “bug” loosely for any small creature with legs. However, a true bug is defined as belonging to the order hemiptera. These creatures characteristically have tough fore wings and lack teeth, such as beetles.

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