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Screens vs. Nature: Lack of Exposure to the Outdoors

Screens vs. Nature: Lack of Exposure to the Outdoors

Blog by: Sam Hinkle, Field Trip Coordinator This month, I was hoping to select a particularly fun field trip experience to share with you all. And we had some fun ones—building dams on Mesa Creek to generate hydropower, discovering a “honeypot” of mayflies near an old beaver

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The Equinox Error

The Equinox Error

The Equinox Error: What you “know” is wrong Fall officially arrives at on September 22 (the same day as our Fundraiser Cat-on-Tap), at 7:54 pm when the autumnal equinox occurs. Thinking back to science class, you may recall that “Equinox” comes from the Latin words for “equal”

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Reduce Waste with Bag Lunches – Guest Post

Reduce Waste with Bag Lunches – Guest Post

Guest post by Elizabeth Hudgens School is soon beginning, so let’s do some math! I have a family with three children who each pack their lunches four days per week. The average lunch contains a sandwich, a juice box, an applesauce in either a pouch or plastic

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YES Club Symposium December

YES Club Symposium December

On Saturday, December 9th, fourth and fifth-grade students from 13 different schools came together at Colorado College to present what they had learned about Wildfire Ecology during their semester in YES Club. Students and parents started the morning off with a presentation from a wildland firefighter and

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The Significance of Snow

The Significance of Snow

Blog by: Sam Hinkle, Field Trip Coordinator and Educator If you take 5 minutes to talk with me, chances are you will find out that I like snow. Playing in the snow has always been one the greatest joys in my life. I grew up digging tunnels

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Ask a Naturalist: Where were the apples this fall?

Ask a Naturalist: Where were the apples this fall?

Fall is a season for harvest and high time to be picking apples from our Colorado orchards as the nighttime temperatures have started to dip into freezing and the bears are raiding fruit trees for leftovers. But where are the apples in Sondermann park this year? We

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What YES Club members are saying

What YES Club members are saying

As the YES Club Coordinator, I sometimes get bogged down by all the details and behind-the-scenes prep that goes into YES Clubs. I worry that it puts too much stress on the teachers, and when I don’t see children for a while I begin to forget just

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Ask a Naturalist: Mysterious Red in the Creek

Ask a Naturalist: Mysterious Red in the Creek

The next time you take a stroll along a tree-shaded Colorado creek, like the one near our offices in Sondermann Park, take a moment to peer into the water. Are there bright red or pink tendrils waving under the water in the current, reaching out from the

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Water & Leave no trace

Water & Leave no trace

Recent events regarding fecal matter have landed Colorado Springs on national news; I don’t want to discuss that particular situation, but with Creek Week ending this past weekend, I felt that it was timely to write a blog. The issue of dung management is directly tied to

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The Importance of Spending Time near Water

The Importance of Spending Time near Water

The Importance of Spending Time near Water—A Look at Kids & their Efforts to Find their “Spot” in Nature Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved spending time around water—in it, near it, on top of it in a boat, etc. While working in the field of environmental

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