Wildflower Walk and a Blog Recommendation

Occasionally, I run across a blog that is so inspiring that it qualifies for the “A List” on my Google Reader.  Jackie Donnelly’s Saratoga Woods and Waterways would make it into the list if only for the vivid close-ups of our native flora, with the accompanying identifying information. More than that, I like her enthusiasm … Read more

Hiking The Deer Mountain Nature Trail

deer_mtn2 Someone had scribbled “Bridge is out!” on the entrance kiosk map, but we were curious.  The Natural Areas of Albany County guide promised:

A brand new nature preserve…170 acres of protected wetland…two trails, one 1.5 miles round trip and the other 3 miles round trip…Solid wooden steps lead up the few steep slopes, with rope railings alongside…Signs identify trees and explain the wetland environment…well-made bridges over wetland…The trails are nicely cleared, without rocks and roots, and are easy to follow.

But, this guide was published in 1996, and a lot can happen in fourteen years.

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Wilderness Programs In The Capital Region

As we approach Earth Day, I’ve been thinking about ways to help kids develop an appreciation for the environment. We are lucky in the Capital Region to have many opportunities for connecting with nature, but one of my personal favorites is the wilderness program. Last year, I wrote about my son’s wilderness program experience in … Read more