Welcome to Week 6 of Wild Cub Weekly!
“An environmental-based education movement—at all levels of education—will help students realize that school isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration but a portal to the wider world.” ~ Richard Louv
This week, we are getting outside and into the snow!
Make sure you got your snow pants, boots, warm jacket, backpack with snacks and water, printed maps and a mask!
The featured hike takes us to Bear Brook State Park, a conserved area that was part of the inspiration for Bear-Paw's regional greenways. Bear-Paw's name comes from the idea of conserving wildlife corridors between BEAR Brook State Park and PAWtuckaway State Park.
I would love to hear about last weeks activity, or anything you would like to share from your Sit Spot. Post here, Google Drive . Sharing your knowledge with friends is so much fun!
Welcome to Week 7 of Wild Cub Weekly!
"All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost: the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost." -J.R.R. Tolkien
We have been experiencing some frigid temperatures for the past couple weeks now - this being true for most northern states and Canada! Cold weather is very important - our native species have adapted to the seasons and many plants require cold temperature cycles for seed germination and fruit production. There is so much beauty and diversity to be seen in the changes we experience here in New England.
I can say the same for me - growing up doing winter sports, my favorite quote by my dad was and still is, "Embrace the cold, Grace." And then we would both close our eyes, take a deep breath in, exhale, and shake our bodies to release the "chills" and shivers we were experiencing. This especially came in handy when walking out my cabin door in Alaska, at -40F. Burr... When you are out in the cold (dressed appropriately and warming up inside when needed), and experiencing those "chills", try it out!
These cold winter days can seem so long, no matter how much we enjoy being outside, but we can keep our minds on warmer days by planning for spring! One of the ways to plan for spring is by planning for a garden - mapping it out now saves lots of time when it's warm enough to plant seeds.
I would love to hear about last weeks activity, or anything you would like to share from your Sit Spot. Post here or on our Google Drive . Sharing your knowledge with friends is so much fun!
Welcome to Week 5 of Wild Cub Weekly!
"When a child gives you a gift, even if it’s a rock they just picked up, exude gratitude. It may be the only thing they have to give, and they have chosen to give it to you."
This week we will discuss weather and water in winter, and a really cool animal that survives the coldest of temperatures!
We are so lucky to have created shelters as our homes, which help us survive during the winter from the cold and elements. A lot of animals depend on a cave for their shelter, staying in groups to huddle together or just the fur on their backs! Cold weather animals have adapted to their surroundings, just like us!
Please feel free to post your findings over the weeks! Sharing your knowledge with friends is so much fun!
Welcome to Week 4 of Wild Cub Weekly!
“Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life."
Man, has it been windy out there lately!
The cold weather has made the ice amazingly thick on some the ponds near me. Great for skating and investigating through the clear glass-like ice. You can see lots of activity down there - some amphibians and fish survive under the ice through the winter. We can talk more on that soon...
This week, I am introducing an edible plant for you and your family to try while out for a walk or hike. Foraging is great to get to know our native plants and our land better. I also have a recipe to make some winter food for our feathery friends! Enjoy!
I would love to hear about last weeks activity, or anything you would like to share from your Sit Spot. Sharing your knowledge with friends is so much fun!
Welcome to Week 3 of Wild Cub Weekly!
“Children are born with a sense of wonder and an affinity for nature. Properly cultivated, these values can mature into ecological literacy, and eventually into sustainable patterns of living.” ~Zenobia Barlow
I hope you all stayed dry during that big rain storm - I am really bummed it's not snow!
This week we will talk about discovering prints, markings, and signs, whether that be from animals or plants. How does nature leave its mark to let others know they were there? Maybe it's that they drop their leaves, or make foot prints in the snow/ice/mud, or if they had eaten bark and left teeth marks on a branch. Wander and wonder through the woods. Can you find traces that were left behind by the woods and everything that inhabits it? What kind of marks do you leave behind?
Welcome to Week 2 of Wild Cub Weekly!
I hope you all had an enjoyable time picking out or making your Nature Journals! Feel free to post photos of your creations. I'd love to see them!
"The best education does not happen at a desk, but rather engaged in everyday living - hands on, exploring, in active relationship with life." -Vince Gowmon (Author of: Let the Fire Burn: Nurturing the Creative Spirit of Children)
Welcome to Wild Cub Weekly with Bear-Paw Regional Greenways.
Let's start the New year off on the right foot - or paw.
Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, once said, "If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” With this newsletter Bear-Paw hopes to facilitate that sense of wonder - it will provide you with resources to learn, discover, create, observe, share, and explore the world outside our homes.
Together we can share the joy of a fresh snowfall (or mud puddle), learn why certain rounds of firewood split easier than others, or watch phoebes hunt for insects in fern patches. We have created a google drive folder to share resources, photos, and create a virtual learning community.
This newsletter is possible thanks to the CLH Fund at the NH Charitable Foundation.
My name is Grace Bailey. I grew up in Strafford, NH on my family's homestead where my mother homeschooled me and my two older sisters. We had lots of gardens as well as farm and domestic animals, including a sprint racing sled dog kennel. We participated in many sports and activities including competing on the U.S. teams for orienteering and sled dog racing, as well as highland dancing and Scottish instruments. At college, I focused on Environmental Science, Soil Chemistry, Childhood Education, Creative Writing and different art forms: ceramics, painting and drawing. I spent some time over-seas working on farms and walled castle gardens, and a few years in Alaska. After returning to NH I worked at Live & Learn in Lee as a naturalist and garden teacher. Most recently, I have been working on my accreditations to be a Certified Wetland Scientist of New Hampshire (I love stomping around in mud!). I enjoy long wandering adventures in the woods with my dog (and human) friends, cooking, re-building a 1972 Shasta camper, and creating art. I look forward to wandering and discovering what the woods has to offer with you via Wild Cub Weekly!