Scavenger Hunts by Location

For intermediate-level scavenger hunts without photos, use the links below. For easy scavenger hunts with photos, please visit the Scavenger Hunts by Language page. Russell Field-Spanish Russell Field-French Russell Field-Mandarin Russell Field-Korean Russell Field-Portuguese Russell Field-Bangla Russell Field-English Danehy Park-French Danehy Park-Mandarin Danehy Park-Korean Danehy Park-Spanish Danehy Park-Portuguese Danehy Park-Bangla (in progress;translator needed) Danehy Park-EnglishContinue reading “Scavenger Hunts by Location”

Five Questions for Magazine Beach Advocates

On the fifteen-acre section of parkland between the banks of the Charles River and Memorial Drive, between the BU Bridge and the Riverside Boat Club, bird-watchers have identified no less than 94 species. This area, called Magazine Beach, also attracts a regular stream of walkers, joggers, bikers, boaters, and families using the state-run outdoor swimmingContinue reading “Five Questions for Magazine Beach Advocates”

Nature as a Recharge System for Attention

Andrea Faber Taylor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has launched a study of the effects of nature on learning. In this controlled study in three schools, children who spend 100 minutes or more outside every day will be compared to others who spend much less time outside. Research is mounting that green space is not justContinue reading “Nature as a Recharge System for Attention”

Happy Park[ing] Day, from a New England City

This just in. Plankton have been sighted on Huron Avenue. Children have been observed observing pond water through microscopes. A new arboreal species has been discovered: the Tree of Really, Really Small, Teeny Tiny Things, whose symbolic foliage depicts the minerals, water, microarthropods, bacteria, and mycorrhizal fungi critical to good tree health. Models of algaeContinue reading “Happy Park[ing] Day, from a New England City”

Free-Range Meets Children and Nature

Free Range meets urban planning meets the play outdoors movement—this trirumvirate is like a pitch you’d make to a film studio. Bend It Like Beckham meets Totoro meets Stand By Me. We’d get Claire Danes to play Lenore Skenazy, who starts the new movement, Ralph Fiennes to play Richard Louv struggling to turn off hisContinue reading “Free-Range Meets Children and Nature”

A Toolkit for Community Planning with Regard to Open Space

A Toolkit for Community Planning with Regard to Open Space Caveat: this array of links from Mass Audubon may not be fully up to date. However, I offer it here for those of us relative newbies interested in understanding and working on open space issues.

Park[ing] Day

Enormous, lumpy, bright green spheres—walnuts sporting their whole husk—are littering the byways of Fresh Pond Reservation like a shell midden in the middle of nowhere. Asters are in full flush. A vole was so busy with fall it didn’t bother to hide itself, scuttling right in front of my feet across a wood chip path.Continue reading “Park[ing] Day”