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Monarch Butterfly Watch and Tagging

Monarch Butterfly Watch and Tagging

The number of butterflies visiting my neighbor’s butterfly bush, which extends into our front yard, has been increasing steadily over the past couple of weeks. Especially the number of monarchs, which is particularly exciting. Somewhere along the way, I learned about the great migration of the monarchs, but I didn’t have a full appreciation of […]

Connecting with Nature: Walking in the Rain

Connecting with Nature: Walking in the Rain

With pots on the stove and dinner underway, I realized that we were out of barbecue sauce for our pulled pork. With a grocery store just a couple of blocks away, my typical response would have been to hop in the car, especially since it was raining. It would take just a few (dry) minutes […]

Great Green Escapes: Mt. Vernon Trail

Great Green Escapes: Mt. Vernon Trail

A version of this story originally appeared in my Green and Simple column on the Old Town Alexandria Patch. During the school year, I had a standing date with a friend whom I met 10 years ago at a new mom’s group at Alexandria Hospital. I had just had my first child and was in full-scale panic mode, […]

Feeling a Little Batty? Head to the Bat Festival

Feeling a Little Batty? Head to the Bat Festival

If you live in the DC metro area, here is a family friendly event that is sure to drive you batty. From the folks over at Gulf Branch Nature Center in Arlington: Enjoy a thoroughly batty evening and add to your knowledge of local night life at this bat conservation and appreciation program. See a […]

Make Your Own Compost Tumbler

Make Your Own Compost Tumbler

Want to start composting but don’t want to deal with a compost pile? If you are local to the DC metro area, here is a great opportunity to make your own compost tumbler. Much like the make your own rain barrel programs, you pay a fee, show up and use the materials and tools supplied […]

So Hot I Could Fry an Egg!

So Hot I Could Fry an Egg!

Yes, it was indeed 104 degrees just outside our nation’s capital last Friday afternoon, before the big storm that left hundreds of thousands of us without power for days. Some people are still without power! The powers that be stated that the heat index that day, which is what the air feels like, clocked in […]

Collateral Damage from Spraying to Kill Mosquitos: Is It Worth It?

Collateral Damage from Spraying to Kill Mosquitos: Is It Worth It?

Last week there was a very timely letter to the editor in the Washington Post concerning the business profile of the owner of a Mosquito Squad franchise. Mosquito Squad which sprays yards against mosquitos and other insects and the franchise owner is on target to make a handsome profit this year at the expense of these […]

From Mini-Farm Preschool to Traditional Kindergarten

From Mini-Farm Preschool to Traditional Kindergarten

A version of this story originally appeared in my Green and Simple column on the Old Town Alexandria Patch. Last week the youngest in our clan graduated from preschool, and I find myself feeling conflicted about the transition ahead. Our son has been at this school for his entire preschool life and has been pretty content for the […]

Earth Day Trashion Show Featuring Students' Handmade Designs

Earth Day Trashion Show Featuring Students’ Handmade Designs

Tomorrow is Alexandria’s the big Earth Day celebration at Ben Brenman Park and one of the key events is the 2nd Annual Trashion Show. Public school students from across the city will participate in the Trashion/Upcycling Show, where students sashay across a stage in handmade designs made from trash and recyclables. My kids participate in […]

National Parks Week, Native Plant Sales, and More Earth Day Events

National Parks Week, Native Plant Sales, and More Earth Day Events

Lots of green green events happening this month in honor of Earth Day. From Native Plant Sales to National Parks Week, opportunities to get out and involved abound! National Parks Week April 21 – 29 The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are teaming up to host National Park Week, during which you […]

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