Category Archives: Connecting to Nature

New! Nature School

The Old Naturalist has created some lessons for you to learn and experience in Nature. Start here for our second lesson called “Forests in Early Spring“, and check back each week for a new lesson! Some of the activities you … Continue reading

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How I Feel About Nature

All photos  by Alex Munoz Alex Munoz is an accomplished photographer and this is his second posting at Old Naturalist.  His first post was titled Raw Beauty Unleashed and was published in Dec. 2017. Alex Munoz is from my home … Continue reading

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Fish Whisperer

  First snorkel holding onto a rock in the rapids A large muskie swam up and rested beside me Ecstatic wondered if I should be panicked. Hoped that I was not wearing anything shiny that looked tasty to a muskie. … Continue reading

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The Big Woods and the Fight to Save Lone Lake Park

Lone Lake Park is a forest remnant of what was known as the Big Woods. The Big Woods was over 2,000 square miles, extending in a band 40 miles wide from what is today Mankato to Monticello. In the 1800’s, … Continue reading

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The Bass Ponds – A Hidden Gem

The Bass Ponds are part of the Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge. It is an urban wildlife refuge in shadow of the Mall of America, a busy highway and the Minneapolis International Airport. Besides being a refuge for animals, the Bass … Continue reading

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North Country Pilgrimage

Three nights of winter camping in a yurt can change your perspective on life. Jim Gregory and his son David joined me for the adventure. Often working with only the light of his headlamp and a lantern, Jim was able … Continue reading

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Galapagos: Islas Encantadas

Editor Note: View all videos on full screen. The Galapagos Islands truly are enchanted, often I felt like I was walking in a dream and wondering whether it was really real. Lawrence Wade I have never been in an area … Continue reading

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Listening to the Giants

This Fall a group of seekers visited the Coastal Redwoods in Northern California. The learning and impact was glorious. In this post many people contributed their love of the Earth and the Redwoods. We have been given the responsibility to … Continue reading

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Hawks on High

Every Fall, thousands of hawks migrate past Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve, in Duluth, MN.   Hundreds of bird watchers come for the annual Fall migration.   Phil Fitzpatrick is a poet and is writing a book about Hawk Ridge. Phil said … Continue reading

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Field of Dreams

Jim Cotton and Kim Puckett live on less than an acre of land along the foggy coast of Humboldt County, California. Below they share their story, by living their commitment to the Earth. My father passed on the values of … Continue reading

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