Guest Blogs

The Chainsaw

Elizabeth Marks Wednesday, 12 December 2018

You didn’t think you were going to take a chainsaw safety class and not fell a 15” tree, did you?

Nature Journaling at West Branch Preserve

Jessica Alba Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Nature Journaling at West Branch Preserve

Since I had a good time nature journaling at Leon Levy Preserve, I decided to bring my notebook out with me again to the Nature Conservancy’s West Branch Preserve in Hamden, NY.

Nature Journaling at Leon Levy Preserve

Jessica Alba Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Nature Journaling at Leon Levy Preserve

I took out my journal and began to write. I started by describing my hike and my experiences, making sure to focus on my emotions and sensory observations.

Bears

Stefni Krutz Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Bears

Then we heard the sound of a large animal moving through the brush…

DIY Rose Water and Hydrosol

Jessica Alba Monday, 17 September 2018

DIY Rose Water and Hydrosol

It’s said that Cleopatra herself incorporated rose water potions into her own beauty routine. Unfortunately, we can’t all afford to live like a queen and regularly buying rose water to use as a facial toner or hair and body mist can get quite pricey. So to save a few bucks, I decided to try making rose water with petals from my garden.

Yikes, poison ivy! Wait…imposter!

Stefni Krutz Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Yikes, poison ivy! Wait…imposter!

Box elder is commonly mistaken for poison ivy.

A Good Kind of Litter

George Johnson Monday, 23 October 2017

A Good Kind of Litter

You might look at a leaf-covered stream and think it looks dirty. But all that leaf litter is good for water quality, both for creatures in the water and those of us who depend on it to drink.

Migration: The Incredible Road Trip

George Johnson Monday, 09 October 2017

Migration: The Incredible Road Trip

Animals take some truly amazing journeys. Today, I’d like to talk about three animals that take yearly migrations and the reasons behind their treks.

Guest Voice: Remembering Ray Tallman

Marilyn Wyman Monday, 11 September 2017

Guest Voice: Remembering Ray Tallman

In my 10 years of providing training to help loggers be safer and more profitable, I have met some exceptional guys. Ray Tallman was one of them.

Cancer-Root: The Case of the Mysterious, Parasitic Plant

George Johnson Monday, 21 August 2017

Cancer-Root: The Case of the Mysterious, Parasitic Plant

Is that a really weird-looking pinecone? That was my first thought when I came across this bizarre plant the other evening while hiking.

Guest Voice: Outdoor Artist Interviews #4 – Diana Hartel

Diana Hartel Monday, 12 June 2017

Guest Voice: Outdoor Artist Interviews #4 – Diana Hartel

Our guest blog series by students from Columbia University’s Earth Institute concludes with an interview of Diana Hartel. Diana is an artist, author, and former environmental epidemiologist for Columbia University.

Guest Voice: Outdoor Artist Interviews #3 – Susan Roth

Susan Roth Monday, 05 June 2017

Guest Voice: Outdoor Artist Interviews #3 – Susan Roth

In this third guest blog from our friends at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, the students interview Susan Roth. Susan is an urban planner, outdoor painter, and a member of the Wallkill River School of Art.

Guest Voice: Outdoor Artist Interviews #2 – Shawn Dell Joyce

Shawn Dell Joyce Monday, 22 May 2017

Guest Voice: Outdoor Artist Interviews #2 – Shawn Dell Joyce

Our guest blog series from Columbia University students continues. This week they interview Shawn Dell Joyce, a painter, educator, and founder of the Wallkill River School of Art, a nonprofit that offers outdoor painting workshops on open spaces and small farms.

Guest Voice: Outdoor Artist Interviews #1 – Elissa Gore

Elissa Gore Monday, 08 May 2017

Guest Voice: Outdoor Artist Interviews #1 – Elissa Gore

Last fall, we teamed up with Columbia University students to create new outdoor projects we could share. The students came through with information on painting or drawing in nature, called plein air art. They also interviewed four artists to get their perspective on the value of creating art outside.

Winkler Woodlot

Frank Winkler Monday, 24 October 2016

Winkler Woodlot

In his own words, landowner Frank Winkler describes a few of the lessons he’s learned caring for his Catskill Mountains property, including advice on timber harvesting, improving wildlife habitat, dealing with property taxes, and much more. MyWoodlot extends a big “Thank You” to Frank for sharing his story with us.

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