Be Amazed

BE AMAZED: WHAT COLOR IS THE WIND? A CONVERSATION WITH ED BIEBER AND DALE HUSHBECK

By Donna Lee Miele

I. Ed Bieber: From Veteran Naturalist To Author

Sometime in 2005, Ed Bieber, Rockland naturalist and teacher for over 40 years, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

“What are my prospects?” he asked his doctor. Ed wanted to know whether he should modify his daily activities, which included keep reading…

Upcoming Events

We’ve got a lot going on!

Book-Signing Party
Tuesday, April 3rd. 3:30-5pm
285 Hungry Hollow Road Chestnut Ridge NY 10977

What Color is The Wind?

Join us on Tuesday, April 3rd beginning at 3:30pm for a book signing party at the Threefold Café. Chef Anthony will be cooking up tasty hors devours, desserts, and other fancy finger foods to nosh on while you peruse a copy of ‘What Color Is the Wind?’, Ed Bieber’s new book. We’ll even have live music! Mingle with other book/nature lovers, get yourself a copy of What Color Is the Wind if you haven’t already, and enjoy the delightful combination of good food, music and a great book!

If you can’t wait, you can have a book now: edsbook.org

 

The Bees Knees
Sunday, April 15th. 11:30am-12:30pm
285 Hungry Hollow Road Chestnut Ridge NY 10977

see the knees?

Explore the fascinating world of honeybees with The Nature Place Day Camp as we look at, learn about, and get as hands-on as we can with the seven bee hives in the Pfeiffer Garden. Beekeeper Megan will lead us into a busy world of beeswax, ‘bee dancing’, and apiary amazement! We’ll have a look inside a hive and see why bees matter to us and our planet.

 

Celebrate Earth Day
Saturday, April 21st. 10:30am & 1pm
307 Hungry Hollow Road Chestnut Ridge NY 10977

the movie

Come celebrate Earth Day early with The Nature Place. At 10:30am children and their parents can go on a nature walk with Ed and discover nature worth celebrating! (All of it) We’ll make spring bracelets, chase shadows, listen to earth’s music and see how the earth is celebrating its special day.

At 1pm watch our screening of Mother Nature’s Child (www.mothernaturesmovie.com), a film exploring nature’s powerful role in children’s health and development, and the rise of ‘nature deficit disorder’. The Earth Day walk is free, the film screening is $10 for adults, $5 for students. Co-sponsored by Green Meadow Waldorf School and Wecan.

 

Kickoff Screen-Free Week!
Saturday, April 28th. 2-3pm
307 Hungry Hollow Road Chestnut Ridge NY 10977

Partnering with Green Meadow Waldorf School, The Nature Place will help kick off Screen-Free Week by leading one of the screen-alternative activities that afternoon. We will ‘feel’ the world through our senses, rather than through a screen. Venturing into some of our 200 acres, we will be walking and perhaps getting a little dirty and wet, so dress appropriately. The more high-tech the world becomes, the more high-touch (getting outside) options we need for our children!

 

Spring Peeper Hunt
Saturday, May 5th. 7:30-9pm
307 Hungry Hollow Road Chestnut Ridge NY 10977

peeper

Come hunt the harbingers of spring! Well, not really hunt…The Nature Place will venture into the nearby wetlands with boots, flashlights (bring your own!), and eyes keen on spotting spring peepers: tiny, thumbnail-sized frogs! Their loud mating calls will help us spot them, as will the X’s on their backs. Children of all ages are welcome with their parents, and be sure to dress appropriately (boots, warmer clothing) as we’ll be tromping through the mud.

 

Garden Party!
Sunday, June 3rd. 11am-12:30pm
285 Hungry Hollow Road Chestnut Ridge NY 10977

a party in the garden

A party in the garden! Live music, refreshments, and plenty of hands-on activities. Help The Nature Place gear up for summer by planting, harvesting and eating! The Pfeiffer Garden will be in full bloom, and if you love being outside and getting your hands dirty as much as we do, this event is not to be missed.

Some Call it Home

two homes

Find a piece of wood, a brick, a lid or a cover from a pot, something not too large that will lie flat and not blow away. Set this ‘roof’ down on the ground. If you have a few ‘roofs’, put them in different places. Just leave them there. Go back in a day or two and gently life up. Who or what has moved in, under your roof? How come, and how did they find their way in, anyway? The rent is reasonable, I suppose, but why else? If you’re going to take back your shelter (maybe you need the pot lid to make soup), kindly, gently, relocate the inhabitants to another domicile…under a rock, for instance.

Ed’s Corner

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.”

-Charles Dickens

red-winged blackbird

I’m always surprised when I see my first flock of robins returning north, or hear the first high-pitched trilling from a wet, marshy area, and then see the returned red-winged blackbirds making these calls. I know these things happen every year keep reading…

Open House

This Sunday, March 18th from 1-4pm at camp: 307 Hungry Hollow Road Chestnut Ridge NY 10977.

Book-signing Party!

Tuesday, April 3rd. 3:30-5pm
285 Hungry Hollow Road Chestnut Ridge NY 10977

What Color is The Wind?

Join us on Tuesday, April 3rd beginning at 3:30pm for a book signing party at the Threefold Café. Chef Anthony will be cooking up tasty hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and other fancy finger foods to nosh on while you peruse a copy of ‘What Color Is the Wind?’, Ed Bieber’s new book. We’ll even have live music by Tony Prisco! Mingle with other book/nature lovers, get your book signed or get a copy of What Color Is the Wind if you haven’t already, and enjoy the delightful combination of good food, music and a great book!

Camp Fair Downtown

We’ll see you at the Grace Church School (86th 4th Avenue) between Noon and 3pm this Saturday, March 10th.

Maple Sugaring

We had a great time!

Here are a few photos:

listening for sap

drilling the hole

tasting sap

Ed’s Book

What Color is The Wind? is a feel-guide to the out-of-doors for parents with young children. Go to Edsbook.org to learn more or get yourself a copy!

Ed’s Corner

winter crocus

Crocuses at the end of January? Snowdrops on February 1? No ice skating yet on our pond!? Do we call this ‘winter’ an extended fall? Is something going on with global warming trends, is the jet stream stuck, do El Nino or La Nina have a role in this, is it just a small blip or anomaly in the larger weather picture, is it making up for last winter? Do you feel a little guilty because you are enjoying it? keep reading…