A Single Species: An End-of-January Investigation

There is sometimes too much, or too little, simplification that goes on when “environmental education” takes hold. Starting with a single species, as Fresh Pond Reservation staff in Cambridge, Mass., will do on January 31st with “The Secret Life of White Oaks,” can make a path for kids, families, anyone, to start small and grow curious from there.Continue reading “A Single Species: An End-of-January Investigation”

Coal Plant Shutdowns: Economic Justice for Communities

On November 12, 2013, I attended the hearing of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy at which Rep. Lori Ehrlich of the 8th Essex District testified in support of H. 2935. Here’s my Storify record. Useful Links: State House News Service (Metzger) coverage of event H. 2935 on Legislature Web Site. Rep. Lori Ehrlich: Twitter:Continue reading “Coal Plant Shutdowns: Economic Justice for Communities”

“Clean the owl …

“Clean the owl cage.” Those who ponder the variants, whys, and wherefores of outdoor education will want to read this terrific post by Sean Musselman on what’s become a buzz phrase—”authentic learning experience.” Meanwhile, as I write this,  I’m cleaning my own metaphorical owl cage by taking two disparate generations of family members on a coastalContinue reading ““Clean the owl …”

Stop Press: Bill McKibben of 350.org in Cambridge, Mass. 7/21

Bill McKibben will be speaking in Cambridge on July 21st. He will be joined by other veteran climate and economic justice activists to discuss the growing fossil fuel resistance movement and a just transition to a green economy  All proceeds will support the legal fund of the Summer Heat action at the Brayton Point CoalContinue reading “Stop Press: Bill McKibben of 350.org in Cambridge, Mass. 7/21”

Triangle Points: The Scrawl, the Funnels and Me

Funnels—those are what the Brayton Point coal-fired power plant’s cooling towers look like. The image has run across my screen fleetingly over the past several months. Those concrete twin cylinders are like a little fly in my peripheral vision. It’s one of a hundred thousand images or more I’ve registered in that time, that is,Continue reading “Triangle Points: The Scrawl, the Funnels and Me”

August Update: Nature Programs &Etc in Cambridge

  Saturday AUGUST 10 Dave Brown Wildlife Walk 1-3 p.m. Join Tracker-naturalist David Brown, who conducted a pair of wildlife surveys in the park a decade ago,on a wildlife walk on the North trail of the Alewife Reservation.  No Cost, All Ages welcome. Getting Ready to Honk! 3–5 p.m. Join Ranger Jean Rogers and Julie CrostonContinue reading “August Update: Nature Programs &Etc in Cambridge”

Exploring the Urban Outdoors in Cambridge, Mass.: Events

 BOTANY WALK, April 26, 1 p.m. Botanist Walter Kittredge is conducting a region-wide herbarium project to bring attention to the local New England flora, its presence and value, and is looking closely at vegetation at Alewife Reservation. Walter is Senior Curatorial Assistant at the Harvard University Herbaria, a world-wide research collection of over 5 million dried plant specimens.ParticipantsContinue reading “Exploring the Urban Outdoors in Cambridge, Mass.: Events”

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.