Tanglewood news Apr. 21st 2021
Okay, it’s pretty glum out there today. Snow is sticking. The robins and other spring migrants are bummed. But the dream of summer lives on….
- we have 9 spots open in Pokemon K-2
- 8 spots open for Swamp Stomp 3-5 (ponds! nets! fish! frogs!)
- and 11 spots open for Camp Yucky K-2 (make slime! catch tadpoles and caterpillars!)
No matter what the theme, every single week of camp will have games, outdoor exploration, and animal encounters.
- Saturday May 1st, 10am-4pm. Nature center reopens to public!
- Saturday May 1st, 11am-12pm. Amazing Animals Family Program. Free. Meet Ian outside on the front lawn for an outdoors, socially distanced animal presentation! Bring your lawnchairs and picnic blankets for an outdoors, socially distanced program with our beloved animal ambassadors! Ian will teach about the incredible adaptations of our mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. You’ll see his pop-up tent and materials on the front lawn of the nature center. Weather dependent: if it’s only a little misty, program still goes on; if it’s really raining, this will be canceled.
- Friday May 7th, 5:30pm-6pm. Mindfulness and meditation with Ian. Free but donations welcome. Join Ian for a half-hour for meditation in nature, a perfect easy way to end the work week and ground yourself for the weekend. No experience needed; this program is designed for adults, not kids. This will be a recurring program, every Friday evening from 5:30-6pm, May through September.
- Tuesday June 1st, 10am-11am. Drop-In Program: Pond Scoops. Come up to Tanglewood for fun, hands-on, science exploration on Tuesdays! Each week a new theme: Geocaching, Insect ID, How Tos of Lean Tos, etc. This will be a recurring program, every Tuesday morning from 10am-11am, June through August 17th.
- Saturday June 5th, 10am-11am. First Saturday Program: invasive species hike. Free. Bridget will lead a hike around the Yellow Trail and talk about the current situation in our region – what plants and animals are causing us trouble? What should we do if we find them?
- Saturday July 3rd, 10am-11:30am. First Saturday Program: the great American outdoors hike & animal show. Free. Join Tyler for a hike around the BLUE trail, then meet a RED tailed hawk! Learn about native wildlife and about how beautiful our country’s natural wonders are. Wear red, white, and blue, just for fun!
- Saturday August 7th, 11am-12pm. First Saturday Program: birds of a feather. Free. Meet up with Maggie and our amazing birds of prey for an outdoors presentation about birds, flight, and so much more. This is an all-ages program. BYO lawn chair or picnic blanket!
What we’re reading this week:
- Okay I saw this one and I immediately wanted to sign up. Yes, I would love to pat a cow, lean against her warm neck, and read her a storybook while she lightly drools working on her hay; this is the balm I need in these dark snowy times. Cow Cuddling at Sunset View Creamery in Odessa.
- American sculptor Maya Lin has a new installation starting May 10th at Madison Square Park in NYC, called “Ghost Forest” and featuring white cedars and a soundscape of the endangered species that used to thrive in the city.
- Trout lilies are up! Have you found this yellow flower yet? Both ants and Emily Dickinson are fans of Erythronium americanum.
Be well and hike often. Share your photos and nature stories with us!
If you’re an online shopper, remember, you can always support Tanglewood (at no additional cost to you) by doing your Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com. Look for us as Tanglewood Community Nature Center, Inc.
Reminder! Dogs are allowed at Personius Woods, but NOT on the trails by the nature center. We are preserving ground-nesting bird habitats and appreciate your cooperation. We encourage you to hike with your dogs along the streams, fields, and forests at Personius.