A Fun-Loving Guide to the Natural World for Kids and Adults

Interstate Park Potholes

Not too far from our home is an unusual geologic feature. It turns out that during the last glacial period (about 10,000 years ago), what is now called the St. Croix River {…}

Cooking with Watermelon Rind

Kenton and I picked the first watermelon from our garden yesterday, and sat down to enjoy its crisp sweetness. Nothing like eating your own fresh melons! When we sat back, both of us full with the red delight, Kenton suddenly said, “Hey, can’t we make watermelon rind pickles out of this?” {…}

Fallen Oak

Two days ago, while sitting at our computers writing, Rebecca and I heard a sharp retort — almost like a gunshot — issue from our woods. We paused in our typing. A moment later, we heard another one. We looked across at each other. What now? {…}

Snake Rescue!

We’ve seen lots of dead snakes on the road this year, but not a single live one. So it was quite exciting yesterday to come across a long, unscathed fox snake (Elaphe vulpina vulpina). It was evening, and she was stretched out {…}