Landscape and Nature Discoveries

Landscape and Nature Discoveries Landscape and Nature Discoveries, Inc. (LAND) is a non-profit providing outdoor educational experiences for children—encouraging them to appreciate, conserve, and respect their natural environment while cultivating connections with the community.
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Today is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. We are usually at the local elementary and middle schools, weeding, planting...
04/22/2020

Today is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. We are usually at the local elementary and middle schools, weeding, planting or doing an art project to celebrate Earth Day. Sadly this year, Earth Day activities at the school aren't possible, but here are some suggestions from LAND to celebrate Earth Day at home.

* Pull some weeds in your home garden
* Pick up some twigs or branches in your yard
* Plant a tree/herbs/vegetables
* Participate in an 'Earth Hour' by unplugging electronics for one hour (no screens, no lights etc).
* Go for a socially distant walk
* Practice some moments of mindfulness. Each child that has participated in one of our elementary Earth Day programs knows how to practice mindfulness, they can show you! It's a great way of taking a few moments to experience the sights and sounds of nature. It's also great to reduce stress.

We miss our students very much and look forward to seeing them in the future. Until then, be safe and stay healthy. Happy Earth Day!

Here’s help for you kids to keep learning about nature.  Lots of great activities and resources listed.
04/19/2020

Here’s help for you kids to keep learning about nature. Lots of great activities and resources listed.

ATTN. EDUCATORS & PARENTS: See our list of links to educational resources that connect people of all ages to the outdoors!
https://dnr.maryland.gov/Wildlife/Pages/Education/home.aspx

I'm guessing you and your kids are looking for activities you can do without social interaction.  It's a great time to p...
03/25/2020

I'm guessing you and your kids are looking for activities you can do without social interaction. It's a great time to pick up trash along your local roads, creeks, parks, etc. Help your community and the environment while getting outside. Please post any pictures of your family picking up trash or of the trash you collected on this post. Let's see what we can do!

Project WILD
02/21/2020
Project WILD

Project WILD

Check out this infographic about how nature play benefits children! The #GrowingUpWILD guide is all about connecting young children to nature by including in all of the activities a Take Me Outside section that offers specific suggestions for getting children active outdoors, with nature walks, physical games, and other activities. Many of the activities’ Centers & Extensions and Home Connections sections include ideas for furthering children’s exploration outdoors! Visit www.projectwild.org for more information about the Growing Up WILD guide.

A little inspiration for getting outside with your kids.
01/10/2020

A little inspiration for getting outside with your kids.

Have you made your new year's resolution?

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is over, why not think about getting outside more often in 2020.

More importantly, take your kids outdoors!! It's a great way to combat the potential impacts of screens on brain development. Multiple studies have shown outdoor play helps physical, emotional and social growth for kids. Unstructured nature play can decrease ADHD symptoms (U of Illinois study) and being outside even helps to lower stress and anxiety levels for everyone. So, #GetOutside!

Check out these great books for inspiration. 😊

https://www.backwoodsmama.com/2018/12/30-inspirational-parenting-books-for-raising-outdoor-kids.html?fbclid=IwAR0sBYhghQEjBFZrMvDGjWCugDTeSDBXyWHP4k_fOROwE69Zk1nNSb6Nip4

Happy Holidays! It’s not too late to contribute to LAND! Use the donate button right there on our page. We are ...
12/26/2019

Happy Holidays! It’s not too late to
contribute to LAND! Use the donate button right there on our page. We are a 501(c)(3) so your donations are always tax deductible. Looking forward to a great 2020 with all of our students!

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
12/15/2019

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Start the New Year with a First Day Hike at one of our Maryland State Parks! We have kid-friendly and pet-friendly hikes! There are various levels of difficulty too! We offer hikes that are easy, moderate and then there are the more difficult ones which require hiking poles and boot ice grips! Which hike suits you and your loved ones best? Check them out here: https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/firstdayhikes.aspx

12/01/2019

Please keep LAND in mind this #Givingtuesday.

We are just two days away from #Givingtuesday.  The volunteers at LAND are thankful to all of our students and the suppo...
12/01/2019

We are just two days away from #Givingtuesday. The volunteers at LAND are thankful to all of our students and the supportive community. Did you know that we hold after school clubs in three different schools in Montgomery County's Ag Reserve?
We also have clubs in other areas as well as lead field trips either at your place or ours.

On December 3rd, Facebook will match your tax deductible donation so your money goes twice as far! Please consider LAND during this day of giving.

Thank you!

Dec 3rd is #GivingTuesday. It’s a global giving moment to support the causes you love. Like us. Donations to US nonprofi...
11/19/2019

Dec 3rd is #GivingTuesday. It’s a global giving moment to support the causes you love. Like us. Donations to US nonprofits on Dec 3rd could be matched up to $100K by Facebook starting 5am PST/8am EST! Mark your calendars.

We are only three weeks away! Every dollar donated on December 3rd is matched by Facebook. Please keep us in mind when giving this holiday season. Giving Tuesday is the perfect day to donate because your money goes twice as far. Please keep LAND in mind during this upcoming season of giving. Thank you!

Today we worked with the 3rd graders from Bullis School. The students helped Gardens by Garth mulch trees that were plan...
11/08/2019

Today we worked with the 3rd graders from Bullis School. The students helped Gardens by Garth mulch trees that were planted through the Re-leaf program with Montgomery Countryside Alliance. Also had mulching help from my little friend Ben.

LAND Club students at Monocacy Elementary School had a lesson in making their own wreaths. Wisteria vines, fall mums and...
11/01/2019

LAND Club students at Monocacy Elementary School had a lesson in making their own wreaths. Wisteria vines, fall mums and asters.

Earlier this week we finished up the fall session at Mary of Nazareth Catholic School.  LAND will be back in the spring ...
10/24/2019

Earlier this week we finished up the fall session at Mary of Nazareth Catholic School. LAND will be back in the spring for another round of Landscape and Nature Club.

Poolesville Girl Scout Troop 32008 visited LAND this week to work on earning their gardening badge. We discussed environ...
10/17/2019

Poolesville Girl Scout Troop 32008 visited LAND this week to work on earning their gardening badge. We discussed environmental conditions and plant selection. They each planted perennials for sunny spots and shady spots. They were given perennials to take home and plant using their new skills.

We wrapped up LAND Club today with a trip to the courtyard. Mr. Seely has some pretty quick reflexes and was able to cap...
10/16/2019

We wrapped up LAND Club today with a trip to the courtyard. Mr. Seely has some pretty quick reflexes and was able to capture a turtle for some up close and personal visits with the children. The kids took nets and found a few tadpoles. This courtyard should be 'hopping' when spring comes around.

We had a great fall Club season and we hope to see everyone back in the spring!

Frogs, Snakes and Spiders Oh My!  LAND Club started the day off by the kids pinching poke berries and decorating Mr. See...
10/08/2019

Frogs, Snakes and Spiders Oh My!

LAND Club started the day off by the kids pinching poke berries and decorating Mr. Seely's shirt. If your kids have pinkish purple fingers, now you know why. 🙂

Today Mr. Seely brought in a few critters for the children to see. They each were able to touch a baby brown snake, hold and/or touch a young leopard frog and we all got a look at a cool tiny spider that one of the kids found.

Mr. Seely threw milk week into the wind. Too bad I hit the stop button just as I the seeds started flying.

Some of the littles were giving me flowers today, and a pine cone. I took them home as a decoration.

Next week is our final week! Looking forward to seeing everyone.

10/07/2019

LAND Club at Monocacy Elementary starts this Thursday, October 10th. Still time to register!

Today at LAND Club, Mr. Seely brought in several types of bee nests (all empty). The children were able to see how they ...
10/01/2019

Today at LAND Club, Mr. Seely brought in several types of bee nests (all empty). The children were able to see how they were constructed similarly, but how much bigger the cells in the hornets nest were compared to the wasps nest.

Mr. Connolly took a baby snapping turtle around to visit each of the children.

We ended the session today with a nature walk where the kids got to see a spider suck the blood out of a grub that Mr. Seely threw in its web (it got thinner...it was pretty gross). On our way back to the front of the school we found a common garden spider - they are the really large ones that make zigzags in their webs. Mr. Seely threw a bug in its web, and it came down and wrapped it up for later.

See everyone next week!

Maryland Department of Natural Resources- Wildlife & Heritage Service
10/01/2019

Maryland Department of Natural Resources- Wildlife & Heritage Service

Do you have a black walnut tree on your property?

Marylanders with black walnut trees are asked to donate extra walnuts to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

The Maryland Forest Service will use the walnuts to grow and plant trees along creeks, rivers, and streams as part of state’s tree planting program, aimed at enhancing habitat and water quality throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

https://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2019/09/26/maryland-forest-service-seeks-black-walnuts-2/

We had a great day at LAND Club. Mr. Connolly has been an amazing addition to our volunteer staff. He shared his treasur...
09/24/2019

We had a great day at LAND Club. Mr. Connolly has been an amazing addition to our volunteer staff. He shared his treasures from his lab.

Mr. Seely gave the kids a piece of black birch to smell. Ask them what it smells like. He also showed them something in a ziploc bag that had a bad smell. I'll let you ask them what it was like. So gross!!!

See you next Tuesday for week 3 of LAND Club.

Success at PES!  LAND Club had a great first session with many new faces.  We started out with having the children visit...
09/17/2019

Success at PES!

LAND Club had a great first session with many new faces.

We started out with having the children visit with a couple of different amphibians. The tree frog used his camouflage, to blend in with this tree. Can you see the frog?

Mr. Seely brought a quartet of toads. Ask your child what their defense mechanism is. Ewwwww.

We wrapped up our 'hands on' with some insects. Did you know a praying mantis will consider prey up to three times it's own size? As Mr. Seely said, "imagine an elephant sizing up something three times it's size." 😮

Mr. Seely has an eagle eye and spotted a stick bug in the wild! They are so cool.

See everyone next week!

09/16/2019

***Attention****

LAND Club at both Poolesville Elementary School and Mary of Nazareth is at capacity. We will not be able to accept any more students. Thank you to the families that have signed up for our fall program. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday.

Anyone seen more dragonflies lately?
09/16/2019

Anyone seen more dragonflies lately?

Migration is underway for many species. Did you know that some dragonfly species also migrate? We have recently received reports about large swarms of dragonflies, and while migration has been recognized, it is still poorly understood.

Read more about dragonfly migration and learn about Maryland's dragonflies as well.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dragonfly-undertakes-epic-multi-generational-migration-each-year-180971190/

http://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/habitat/wadragonflies.aspx

Photo of common green darner by Kerry Wixted. This is one of our migratory dragonfly species.

Looking forward to Landscape and Nature Clubs starting back up. Mary of Nazareth and Poolesville Elementary start up wee...
09/06/2019

Looking forward to Landscape and Nature Clubs starting back up. Mary of Nazareth and Poolesville Elementary start up week of September 16th. Monocacy will start in October. Please look for flyers or check website for details. www.landandnature.org

Children & Nature Network
08/06/2019
Children & Nature Network

Children & Nature Network

The PBS show EcoSense recently explored "Nature Deficit Disorder" and profiled nature therapy to help kids with ADD and ADHD as well as urban communities reconnecting kids to nature through gardening, beekeeping, and creating safe untamed places where kids can still run wild. Featuring Richard Louv.

We had an amazing field trip yesterday!!!We visited with a baby birds nest.  Mr. Seely showed the kids a few of his home...
07/13/2019

We had an amazing field trip yesterday!!!

We visited with a baby birds nest.

Mr. Seely showed the kids a few of his homemade nature projects. We all walked down to the creek, where we found a red salamander, caught a redside dace (minnow) and some water striders.

Keep LAND in mind if you're looking for a summer camp field trip. You can contact us through Facebook.

Alt National Park Service
07/06/2019

Alt National Park Service

The cheapest way to halt the effects of climate change could be planting 1 trillion trees, according to a new study. The study in the journal Science, first reported by The Associated Press, found that planting trees could be the most effective way to remove carbon from the atmosphere, but cautioned that it would have little effect without a reduction of emissions around the globe. “This is by far — by thousands of times — the cheapest climate change solution” study co-author Thomas Crowther, an ecologist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, said.

Today was our last LAND club with this great group of kids.  We started off in the courtyard so these guys could see tha...
06/05/2019

Today was our last LAND club with this great group of kids. We started off in the courtyard so these guys could see that all of their hard work (and some extra hours by Mr. Seely) made a difference. They created a bed for the river of kindness. Each child in the school painted a rock to add to the inaugural dry creek. I was so impressed! So many amazing pieces. I had to share a few.

Then Mr. Seely brought out the clay. This is a tradition in LAND club. The kids play with or form the clay, they take a little home, but the culminating activity is to make their mark on Mr. Seely's truck.

We wrapped up club today with a visit from a Luna Moth that one of the LAND club kids brought in. The kids (and the parents) loved this.

Enjoy your summer! We'll see you in the fall.

I had the pleasure of attending the butterfly release ceremony today at Monocacy Elementary. The kids were wearing hand ...
05/31/2019

I had the pleasure of attending the butterfly release ceremony today at Monocacy Elementary. The kids were wearing hand made life cycle shirts and presented facts, poems, and a butterfly song before going outside for the release.

Busy day at LAND today!  We had our annual visit with students from Seneca Academy who were working on their observation...
05/29/2019

Busy day at LAND today! We had our annual visit with students from Seneca Academy who were working on their observation skills. We also worked with the 2nd grade Monocacy Elementary to prepare the butterfly garden for the butterfly release ceremony on Friday. Weeding, mulch and flowers have the garden looking great.

What a great two days at Poolesville Elementary, celebrating Earth Day.Yesterday, we had the second and third grades wee...
04/30/2019

What a great two days at Poolesville Elementary, celebrating Earth Day.

Yesterday, we had the second and third grades weeding, mulching and cleaning up the courtyard.

Today, we had the fourth and fifth grade classes doing the same and planting some begonias at the front of the school. Tag your child if you see them in our pics! Many hands make a world of difference!

Thank you to @covanta for the reusable bags that were distributed to students. Covanta also supplied much of the supplies required for our Earth Day activities at all of the schools in our ag reserve cluster.

The Elementary looks much better than it did last week, thanks to all of the students putting in some sweat equity.

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