As an educator, I am always looking for opportunities to teach but an even more difficult skill is NOT teaching! Sometimes when we back off and allow room to explore, children will learn worlds on their own. This group repurposed a hole into a “worm hospital.” It’s true that … read more
These birds are ground-nesters, and will try to raise two broods in a season, so if you walk your dog in … read more
As a gardener, I have a healthy distaste for slugs, but I have to admire the magic they hold for children discovering them for the first time.
Have you made any discoveries in the Cheasty Woods that you’d like to share in the Naturalist Blog? Email your stories to Forest@Cheasty.org for … read more
Today in the forest: a redtailed hawk being chased by crows. Did you know that hawks are happy to raid the nests of other birds to pick up a tasty snack? Crows will often harass the hawks at every opportunity to drive them out of their territory. If you hear a lot of crows cawing … read more
Working in the forest is so gratifying, it’s almost funny that we call them “work parties.” We had a big crowd this weekend and split into groups across the 10 acre Mountainview section of the forest, to plant, mulch, and clear more invasive weeds. All summer long we’ll clear ivy and blackberry out of the … read more
Hands down, the best part of this work is being able to help the next generation of stewards make connections to their local woods.
On hearing our destination last week, one young (returning) member exclaimed to his less experienced companions “that place is so awesome! It has so many … read more