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"With an Abundance of Caution"

With an Abundance of Caution


We are in full session of camp and our children are enjoying everything that we environmental educators have planned for them. Go for the Gold, Insect Safari, Life in the Sea, Food Explosion, Animal Olympics, Wonderfully Weird, and Sensing Nature are all at full enrollme...

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Interconnectedness


"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."
John Muir,  My First Summer in the Sierra 1869


I want to talk about lakes, and lawns.  Ra...

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What Every Seed Knows

A friend's father, who possessed a kind of countrified Steven-Wright humor, once remarked on the ability of a thermos bottle to keep hot things hot and cold things cold. "How does it know?", he asked. My friend's father was joking, of course, but I have another question that is far more interesting (if not as funny): how do seeds know when to start growing?

As a standup comedian might say, think about it. If a temperate zone plant produces seeds in late fall, and they germinate right a...

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