Tinkergarten: Playing Messy and Celebrating the Earth

by Keturah Huisken, guest blogger and Tinkergarten instructor As I wrap up another spring of Tinkergarten outdoor classes, I leave the families with a few profound thoughts (they aren’t mine, so I can call them that). One is a quote by the renowned David Sobel, “​Give...

Maybe All We Need

by Ser Anderson, Visiting Naturalist in the Schools Field Trip Instructor 10.8.2018 Kelly Island Cottonwood leaves crunch beneath my boots as I walk between the students I have spread out at stations along this short section of trail.  One of them is reading about...

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...

Homeschool Naturalists

by Bailey Zook As summer days start getting shorter and the temperatures begin to drop, metaphorical butterflies start to flutter inside my chest. The school year is beginning and I am so looking forward to getting back to teaching. Not only do I get the opportunity...

Field Notes from Visiting Naturalist Field Trips

by Drew Lefebvre It’s early June in the northern Rockies. The days are long, the trees are in full leaf, and here at MNHC we have just finished up our spring field trip season. Over the past six weeks, our Visiting Naturalist in the Schools program has guided 67...