Wednesday, October 3, 2012


My list of plants I found at S.I., updated to include 2012.  I have omitted the north shore list, as I didn't get there this year. You will notice that quite a few species that were common in other years were missing in 2012.  I hope the managers figure out some way to limit the deer population.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Children and Nature Network
The New Nature Movement  Notes from a Nature-Centered Future

Richard Louv Adapted from “The Nature Principle.” Boredom has its benefits. So does solitude, that lost art in the age of wall-to-wall media. To occasionally be alone — not lonely, but alone — is an important part of parenting and of marriage.… 

New Nature Movement On July 19, 2008, I marked my 61st birthday with the literal high point of my Butterfly Big Year.  I was counting butterflies all over…

Monday, October 10, 2011

In Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, the Kingswood Regional High School and Middle School a recently rebuilt middle and high school go beyond LEED certification, and for the coveted CHPS certification. Aside from new synthetic and natural turf athletic fields as well as a Geothermal Ground Heat Exchanger piping system to serve the entire campus, the new school takes advantage of natural light,  LED lighting when needed, energy sensors and other energy-saving efforts. But what really stood out to us? They have been smart enough to include reusable water bottle refilling stations right by the traditional water fountains on campus. Through their efforts, they are teaching the next generation the importance, the beauty, and the need to be green in our personal and public environments.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Nominate a Big Tree in Honor of National Walk in the Woods Day 5/21Nominate a Big Tree in Honor of National Walk in the Woods Day 5/21

American Forests – May 13, 2011 By American Forest Foundation

Contact: Sheri Shannon, American Forests, (202) 737-1944 x250

Nominate a Big Tree in Honor of National Walk in the Woods Day 2011

May 19, 2011- Washington, DC—American Forests encourages the public to get outside Saturday, May 21, and participate in National Walk in the Woods Day. The day-long occasion has been dedicated in celebration of the International Year of Forests, and is intended to inspire Americans to take time to enjoy the nation’s forests and outdoor spaces, and be reminded of our responsibility to be stewards of these critical natural resources.

While enjoying the outdoors, take part in American Forests’ Big Tree Challenge. Locate and measure a big tree by following the guidelines at and see how it compares to the species’ national champion, as listed in the National Register of Big Trees. If you think the tree has what it takes to claim national champion bragging rights, click the link to submit its measurements online.

Since 1940, American Forests’ National Big Tree program has promoted the importance of planting and caring for trees. Every year, these majestic giants are honored in the Register, and American Forests relies on the public to submit possible contenders.

About American Forests
American Forests connects, educates, and inspires people to restore and protect rural and urban forests. Founded in 1875, the organization has served as a catalyst for many of the most important milestones in the conservation movement, including the founding of the U.S. Forest Service and national park system, the creation of the modern environmental movement, and literally thousands of forest ecosystem restoration and education efforts. Since 1991, American Forests has planted nearly 40 million trees in forests throughout the U.S. and beyond, resulting in cleaner air and drinking water, restored habitat for wildlife, and the removal of millions of tons of carbon from the atmosphere. Learn more at

P.O.Box 2000 Washington, DC 20005 - PH 202/737-1944 - FAX 202/737-2457

Monday, February 21, 2011

National Environmental Education Week: Ocean Connections April 10-16, 2011

Green Reading for Educators  The following books explore different philosophies of environmental education and different approaches to integrating environmental education into your curricula. Also see our list of green reading for kids.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Island Water Protection

Just wanted to share these resources from the Nantucket Land Council for Nantucket Island residents that educates about the link between their sandy soil, their water quality and pesticides/fertilizers.  I hope there might be interest at Sandy Island in promoting awareness of the ecology of Sandy's water-well field and sewer system.

I especially like the information on Nantucket Island's Watersheds and Water Protection

"The Nantucket Land Council has mapped all the watersheds on Nantucket. You can find out which body of water, for example Madaket Harbor or Hummock Pond, the water under your house is flowing toward. Call us for a watershed map & brochure, or see it online at"  She the
Watershed Map:


Your Lawn, Our Water
When rain falls, or when you irrigate your garden, excess fertilizers and pesticides will leach down into our sandy soils, eventually flowing into the ocean, a harbor, a pond or a drinking water well. The direction of the water flow on your property determines which “watershed” area you live in.