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Find past newsletter articles, press releases, and other media showcasing local agriculture, placed-based education, and conservation of natural resources in Sullivan County.

March 3, 2020

As I was looking for tracks and signs of animals in the snowy landscape with Bluff Elementary 5th graders back in January, I noticed a place were small footprints disappeared down a hole into the snow, then reappeared a few feet later, then disappeared a final time int...

March 3, 2020

Did you know that deer mice stay active all winter long? They still have to move through the forest to find food, hide from predators, and stay warm doing it. A mouse is a small creature in a big forest, so what paths might they take? Probably the warmest ones! Where i...

February 3, 2020

You may have noticed that sunrises and sunsets seem to be more vivid in winter.  There are some reason for that!

Cooler temperatures allow for better air circulation. When the air can circulate more freely, dust particles and pollutants are scattered more effectively.

Th...

February 1, 2020

Don't they look like they are dancing down from the clouds to the ground? Look closely and zoom in.  They are so intricate and beautiful! 

How is a snowflake formed?

It's a simple recipe that includes: Water vapor, subfreezing clouds, and a piece of dust or salt....

January 1, 2020

As you are creating your New Year's resolutions list this year, make sure to include "Get your daily dose of apricity!" 

Apricity is an old English word meaning the sun's warmth in winter. I enjoy basking in the apricity as I walk through the woods because it makes me f...

March 8, 2018

I recently took Grantham Elementary students outside to investigate the phenomenon of hibernation. Each child had a grape that they needed to keep warm and safe from freezing for 25 minutes outside.  They could bury it in snow, put it in a crevice in a tree, or even ke...

March 8, 2018

How do insects survive the winter? With

so many types of insects living in New England,you can imagine there are many strategies for survival. Migration, hibernation, diapause, staying active, going underground, producing "antifreeze", actually freezing, and burrowing...