Category: Bring Nature Home

Bring Nature Home: ART of Hiking #5
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Bring Nature Home: ART of Hiking #5

October 23, 2020October 23, 2020

You have the opportunity to be part of our Urban Junior Naturalists program from your own home. Today’s blogpost by Paulina Mohamed-Ocasio, Director of Youth Internships, brings the activities directly to you.

There’s no place like home...today Urban Junior Naturalist will explore the many different types of habitats in Van Cortlandt Park that our resident creatures call home. After selecting a furry, feathery, scaly or slimy creature, Urban Junior Naturalist will collect items from their walk that they think will make a suitable habitat for their animal. Afterwards they will use a small shoe box to create a diorama of their animals home. 

Bring Nature Home: ART of Hiking #4
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Bring Nature Home: ART of Hiking #4

October 16, 2020October 16, 2020

It's that time of year again….where the colors of nature come alive! Urban Junior Naturalists will hike along the John Kerian trail soaking up the sights and sounds of fall - like the bright yellow leaves on the ash trees and the crunching and rustling of leaves beneath our boots on the path. Our hike will take us to Van Cortlandt Park’s tree-lined Parade Grounds where Urban Junior Naturalists will take out their canvases, watercolor paints and brushes, and do their best to capture the colorful hues and highlights of autumn leaves. 

Bring Nature Home: ART of Hiking #3
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Bring Nature Home: ART of Hiking #3

October 9, 2020October 9, 2020

You have the opportunity to be part of our Urban Junior Naturalists program from your own home. Today’s blogpost by Paulina Mohamed-Ocasio, Director of Youth Internships, brings the lesson directly to you. What are nature prints? Nature Prints have been used for hundreds of years to capture the image of natural objects, like flowers, leaves,...

Bring Nature Home: ART of Hiking #1
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Bring Nature Home: ART of Hiking #1

September 25, 2020October 2, 2020

Lace up your hiking boots and grab some art supplies, today we will be exploring the sites and sounds of nature and how they make us feel. Our Nature & Me themed hike took the ART of Hiking Urban Junior Naturalists on a sensory walk through the woods of Van Cortlandt Park.

Bring Nature Home: Part 15
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Bring Nature Home: Part 15

June 26, 2020June 25, 2020

For our last week of Bring Nature Home we want to celebrate pollinators! Often small and overlooked, these insects, birds, and other animals are responsible for keeping nature as lush and diverse as it is. Without them many plants wouldn’t exist and at least a third of the food you eat would not be here...

Bring Nature Home: Part 14
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Bring Nature Home: Part 14

June 19, 2020June 18, 2020

We hope everyone has had a chance to get outside, safely of course, and enjoy the past week. The beautiful weather, sunny skies, birds chirping, and nature blooming around us has been soothing and restorative. This week lets practice using our senses and growing our vocabulary and descriptive skills with a touch table. This is...

Bringing Nature Home: Part 13
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Bringing Nature Home: Part 13

June 12, 2020June 12, 2020

Exploring animals through movement is a great way to keep kids active while exposing them to science terms and information. Learning about animals through moving their whole bodies will help kids retain the information better and have fun while doing it so they want to learn more. This week find some space inside or outside...

Bring Nature Home: Part 12
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Bring Nature Home: Part 12

June 5, 2020June 4, 2020

Have you ever noticed the birds flying overhead or hopping along the ground? I mean really stopped to observe what they were doing and how different they all were? The great thing about birds is that they are everywhere, so many are easy to find, and your children are a lot more familiar with them...

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