Fresh homemade strawberry rhubarb jelly with strawberries and rhubarb

Can nature, food, and ancestry connect us? My mother, born into a German household in southern Minnesota, grew up knowing and enjoying a plant called rhubarb. It is a cultivated plant in the genus Rheum in the family Polygonaceae. It is an herbaceous perennial growing from short, thick rhizomes. Upon further investigation, I discovered the […]

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Mockingbird in fall

A Surprise Email

All, Stories

I have the rare privilege and opportunity to share significant experiences and information in the natural world through blogs. And in doing so, I never know the true impact. A few days ago, I received this special surprise email. Susan, I was riding my bicycle through the park behind my house this beautiful spring day […]

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Frog in Highfield Discovery Garden

Frog crafts, calls, games, hikes, observations, catching and displays – all things frog took over Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve during the month of May. Staff and volunteers take this time to celebrate the changing of the seasons, as amphibians of all kinds make themselves known. This past month, more than 600 children visited this small patch […]

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Clifty Falls State Park

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness month? Physical health is a significant part of you, but mental health, in my opinion, is more important than anything else. Struggling with depression myself, it is so important for me to give myself some solid rest and relaxation. A lot of times, we are so […]

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