The Naturalist's Journal


One of the yearly traditions of the Summer Naturalist Program is learning about animal homes and habitats activities with local school groups. Given the circumstances of this season, we wanted to make our lesson plan and some activity worksheets available for students and their families to investigate on their own, either at home or on outings to... More...

And just like that, April has slipped into memory behind a symphony of frog song, flowers, and ever-warming rains.  Birds are once again gathering nesting materials, black bear mamas and their tumbling cubs are out foraging, and each passing day seems to showcase new green sprouting from drying ground. The bursting of buds upon the hardwood trees... More...

Using their senses, young naturalists and adventurers can draw and describe their way through a treasure hunt right at home with the Backyard Explorer's Challenge!

Part One: Look
Part Two: Listen
Part Three: Touch

With all three parts now available, the challenge is fully accessible for download to print at home or copy onto any blank sheet of... More...

For this week’s Challenge, we’re investigating sound! Using the Challenge Sheet or a blank piece of paper, Backyard Explorers can draw a visual representation of the sounds heard, listen for certain kinds of sounds, and make up a mnemonic phrase to help remember a bird song or call (e.g. who cooks for you? is a phonetic for the call of the Barred... More...

When that first night of truly warm spring rain hits, the Spotted Salamanders know it’s time. Under the cover of heavy clouds, plentiful rain, and warm breezes, the week began with a momentous evening of migration. Spotted Salamanders traveled from the shelter of the forest floor to the pond to begin the next generation. They gathered in the... More...

Looking for something to do with your young explorers? Introducing the Backyard Explorer Challenge for kids to do from home! Step one to becoming a Backyard Explorer? Get out and have fun! Access the PDF here or from the right sidebar on the Summer Naturalist page.

As we adventure closer to home these days, there is still plenty to observe and learn... More...

phe·nol·o·gy

Noun. the study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate and plant and animal life*

Growing up, my family kept a nature notebook where we would document our favorite observations every day. At the time, I don’t think I realized that we were participating in a long-standing tradition of... More...

Spring is here -- and so is the 2020 Summer Naturalist! While we make program adaptations to fit with the times, take a look at some resources other organizations have prepared and kick off a season of nature exploration with your family.  More...

As summer is wrapping up, there is still so much to explore! Go out to Mill Trail, Kirchner, and Wiessner Woods for some amazing late summer/early fall adventures. More...

A lot of fun plants and creatures have emerged as the hot weather is starting to cool down and school starts again. Before everyone went back to school, some of the camps I was running programs with found some very fun and interesting things! More...

This summer has been fun and filled with many Summer Naturalist Programs and stewardship activities! More...

On Saturday, we had a great turn out at the Mill Trail Open House. We searched for bugs, insects, and other creatures from the forest floor, and made some Faerie Houses!  More...

This week I had programs with both Stowe Department of Parks & Recreation and the MudCity Adventures "Day Adventures" group! With Stowe Parks & Recreation, we visited Wiessner Woods. With the MudCity Adventures crew, we went to DuMont Meadow. I had a great week with these campers! More...

Today I had a wonderful outing with the MudCity Adventures Mini Mudsters group! We went to DuMont Meadow where we hiked Alex’s Trail, went bug sweeping, and waded into Little River.  More...

Last week (and some of this week) I was out and about exploring Stowe Land Trust owned properties doing my favorite thing: monitoring for birds! I visited Wiessner Woods, DuMont Meadow, Page Forest, Mill Trail, and Kirchner Woods, where I heard and saw a variety of different species in the forest.  More...

We had a great time with MudCity Adventure’s “Mini Mudsters” group this morning at Sunset Rock!  More...

June has been full of fun and exciting programs and events for the summer naturalist program! More...

Today we installed an educational pollinator garden next to the Stowe Land Trust office! More...

We had a wonderful visit hiking Alex's Trail at DuMont Meadow this past Friday! More...

The school year is coming to a close, and I am finishing up my last few programs with Stowe Elementary School until the fall.  More...