Avian Adaptations

By Rosie Costain, VNS Volunteer March’s Visiting Naturalist in the Schools lesson was all about feathers. Fourth and fifth graders learned how to identify feathers based on their shape and determined each feather’s function, whether it was the warmth of downy feathers...

Connecting Kids with Nature…and Connecting with Kids

by Rosie Costain, MNHC Volunteer The first time I volunteered with the Visiting Naturalist in the Schools (VNS) program, I found myself dumbfounded by the information a group of 4th graders knew off the top of their heads. January was about identifying skulls. When...

Ice Ribbons

By Kelly Dix, MNHC Volunteer Last Thanksgiving we took a trip to New Mexico. We were hiking in the Sandia Mountains in the late morning on a north-facing slope. It was a clear and crisp day and had gotten quite cold overnight. We approached some low-lying plants that...

The Art of Winter Tracking

by Christine Wren, Teaching Naturalist Recently, I spent a memorable day tracking at MPG Ranch, southeast of Lolo in the Sapphire Mountains. We were a group of seven, five of us the lucky raffle chosen winners, and two knowledgeable folks at MPG who both work as part...