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!
Let's Create and Make!
Nature journals are a great way to keep track of your findings in the woods or observations you might make about the seasons and animals as they change.
You are welcome to use any journal/notebook you'd like, or get resourceful by finding un-used notebook paper, or cut some scrap paper to size. Decorate by using old newspaper or magazine clippings. Give it some natural character by harvesting birch bark from fallen, dead trees,. It is important that the birch trees are dead, as their bark is what protects them from the elements and animals while they are alive.
If you decide to make you're own cover, you can make a binding using twine (As shown in the photos).
As you observe, feel free to write, draw and paste pictures in your journal.
You can share what you've discovered below, or on our community google drive!
Next week, we'll talk about finding a "sit spot".