Spring Fever

A curious cow at Duryea Farm

A curious cow at Duryea Farm

After this very long Winter we are all looking forward to Spring and its promises: growth, fresh scents, green, longer daylight, chirping birds, renewal, warmer breezes and climbing temperatures. This is also the time for another temperature rise, at least metaphorically, within us – Spring Fever! We are all familiar with its symptoms: hard to sit still; long gazes out the window; an overwhelming need to get outdoors, even for just a few minutes; the reassuring comfort of knowing once again that the world is a warm and good place.
Some people, when they develop a real fever, take medication to relieve or to bring down the fever. Others let the fever run its course and believe that a fever is the body’s way of really dealing with the infection, illness or whatever is the cause of the rise in body temperature.

There is nothing we can take over-the-counter or by prescription that will help this Spring fever (and we wouldn’t want to). We have to follow the second course of action as described above – recognize it, live with it, it’s there for a reason. Spring fever is there to heighten our senses, to get us outside and moving, to wonder and wander with our children, to feel a part of the natural world.

Go out. Say ‘Yes’. Give in to that fever!

Public Program: Spring Peeper Hunt Sat. April 30th, 7:15pm-9:00pm

These little frogs are the harbingers of Spring. Beginning at dusk, their mating calls sound like a mysterious, swampy chorus calling us into the wetlands. “Hunting” for Spring peepers takes patience, good ears and a sharp eye to spot these thumbnail-sized creatures. Bring a flashlight!

Location: Green Meadow Waldorf School, 307 Hungry Hollow Rd Chestnut Ridge NY Directions

Public Program: Sharing Nature with Children Sat. May 14th, 10am-Noon

For over 40 years Ed Bieber has been sharing nature with children of all ages in many types of environments. This morning, during a walk around camp, he will show parents (and their children) through demonstrations, conversation and examples how to nurture the parent/child relationship through exploring nature in our own backyard.

Location: Green Meadow Waldorf School, 307 Hungry Hollow Rd Chestnut Ridge NY Directions

Public Program: Garden Party Sat. June 4th, 10am-Noon

Help us get our garden ready for the Summer – planting, hoeing, raking, digging, composting. Get your hands in the earth!

Location: Green Meadow Waldorf School, 307 Hungry Hollow Rd Chestnut Ridge NY Directions

Worm Clues – Looking at Dirt

No, not this newsletter but the real thing beneath our feet – the ground, the soil. At this time of year you will begin to see little dirt mounds on what was smooth ground. The earthworms are starting to come up from their Winter ‘sleep’ underground. These mounds or castings (made of soil, leaves and other digested items that have travelled through the worm’s gut) show us that the earthworms are very busy mixing layers of soil and helping to spread nutrients.

Using a twig or a finger, gently move aside one of these worm mounds to see the worm’s hole or maybe even the worm itself! As an overnight experiment, clear away some of the mounds from one patch of earth by gently scraping the soil. Come back the next day to find more mounds freshly dug overnight. Do it again another day, but this time put a layer of dead leaves over the area to see if having a ‘roof’ encourages more worms to tunnel, dig and leave little piles of earthworm clues.

Earthworm Castings

Earthworm Castings