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Bring Nature Home: ART of Hiking #5

Bring Nature Home: ART of Hiking #5

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

Bring Nature Home: ART of Hiking #4

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

Bring Nature Home: ART of Hiking #3

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, and even animal skin! There are several ways to do nature prints including rubbings. On today’s hike, Urban Junior Naturalists will look specifically at trees, leaves, seeds, and flowers and create rubbings. Rubbings will reveal to us the intricate details and uniqueness of each item....