Our family has been volunteering alongside goats. Yes, you read that correctly. Not with goats. Alongside goats. We've been helping remove invasive buckthorn. And so have they. It all started when I saw an Instagram post from our local naturalist club describing their eco-goat program and asking for volunteers. Having recently finished the Ontario Master … Continue reading Volunteering alongside … Goats?
It all began with a library book, our Firefly Nature School subscription, and our Wild Life camp kit. You see, everyone had the same idea. Build a moth trap. It's actually the simplest thing in the world. You need a black light, a regular light, and a white sheet. Shine the lights on the sheet … Continue reading Making a Moth Trap
Lime kiln ruins Happy Canada Day! Today, we had the opportunity to visit an incredible conservation area located in the tiny hamlet of Limehouse in Halton Hills. This trail was on my summer bucket list, and it didn't disappoint. Sunshine, wildflowers, streams, crevasses and ruins made this one of my favourite hikes to date. Climbing … Continue reading Limehouse Conservation Area (Southern Ontario Hikes)
What's so great about a vernal pool? A lot, it turns out. For us, it all started with a picture book. A beautifully illustrated picture book by Kimberly Ridley called The Secret Pool. It's a book that is absolutely packed with information about vernal pools, seasonal ponds that provide a habitat for a variety of … Continue reading Homeschool Nature Study: What’s so Great about a Vernal Pool?
The forest is bursting with colour and life. My mother has taken the children for the afternoon and I have several, glorious hours to roam the woods, iced coffee in hand and camera dangling from a strap around my neck. I don't always realise when I'm peopled out, but as I meander down the empty … Continue reading This Week in the Woods: The Importance of Alone Time