Category: Eco-Kids

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Connecting with Nature through Organized Soccer

Connecting with Nature through Organized Soccer

I recently wrote a column for Green and Simple about our family’s first foray into organized soccer. What was initially completely overwhelming with three kids having practice on three different afternoons and all with games on Saturday mornings, has turned into quite a positive experience, as I detail in Green and Simple: Does Soccer Count?  Not [...]

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 [...]

Where to Find Wildlife in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Where to Find Wildlife in the Mid-Atlantic Region

A week or so ago, the Kojo Nnamdi Show aired a program about wildlife in the DC Metro area that featured Martin Ogle, Chief Naturalist at Potomac Overlook Regional Park in Arlington, VA (one of our favorites!) and John Rappole, author of “Wildlife of the Mid-Atlantic: A Complete Reference,” and others titles. I turned on [...]

Green Events: Potomac Watershed Cleanup, Native Plant Sales, and More!

Green Events: Potomac Watershed Cleanup, Native Plant Sales, and More!

Looking for some great green fun this weekend? Opportunities abound. Whether you are looking for native plants for your garden or want to connect with the community during a spring clean-up, we’ve got you covered!   Annual American Horticultural Society Plant Sale at River Farm April 12 – 14* This sale features natives, annuals, perennials, shrubs, herbs [...]

Farm-to-Table Summer Camp at Arcadia Farm

Farm-to-Table Summer Camp at Arcadia Farm

If you haven’t yet locked in your camps for the summer, here is a great one to add to the list. Campers ranging in age from 6 to 10 years old will gain hands-on experience as they work the farm and engage in related activities designed to help them understand and appreciate where their food [...]

Great Green Escape: Daingerfield Island

Great Green Escape: Daingerfield Island

A version of this story originally appeared in my Green and Simple column on the Old Town Alexandria Patch. If you live in the D.C. metro area, you have no doubt passed the signs for Daingerfield Island countless times on your way to National Airport, to and from D.C., or on your way up or down the George [...]

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