Even if you only have a backyard, you can still connect with nature. Try these activities that don’t require much land to do.
Find out if your streamside areas are healthy and what to do to care for them with this easy-to-use self-assessment.
New York's bluebird population has dropped 90% due to pesticides, shortage of natural nesting cavities, and competition from sparrows and starlings. You can help! Install a bluebird nesting box on your woodlot so these colorful songbirds can raise their families.
Beauty isn’t just in what you see. By learning common bird songs and calls, you can tune in to your woodlot’s beautiful sounds as well.
Protect yourself against Lyme disease by avoiding tick bites and checking yourself for ticks after coming in from the outdoors.
Scenic views. Burbling streams. Old stone walls. Check out these special places on other woodlots to get some fresh ideas for your own.
Free aerial photos and topographic maps can reveal a lot about your property, and a simple hike can turn into a natural history lesson when you can read the woods.
In this activity, you’ll use air-dry clay to perfectly preserve the veins and shapes of a leaf in the form of a small, shallow bowl.
If you cut down a tree in your yard, getting rid of the stump can be a real pain. Instead of grinding it up, this project repurposes that stump into a small flowerbed.
Have a leftover tree stump from an old yard, firewood, or timber harvest tree? Put it to use by making a rustic end table.
Create your own nature-themed fabrics for a variety of sewing projects using this kid-friendly technique.
Which plants on your woodlot most catch your eye? Create a list and take pictures of the flowers, bushes, or trees you enjoy the most. You can encourage, showcase, and add more of these plants over time.
Your woodlot is more than a retreat from the fast-paced modern world. It's also an escape from the bight city lights that obscure the heavens. Pick a clear, moonless night and enjoy the show.
You don’t need to tap hundreds of trees to make maple syrup. Even tapping one tree can net you enough syrup to last several months.