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Winter: A Gardener’s Gift

See Spring Garden Workshops at NNC here! Originally published in the Easton Irregular Dormancy is a gift. As temperate zone gardeners, we get the chance to step away from the sometimes frustrating task of trying to coerce nature into doing our bidding … and simply enjoy. Our garden plants rest when the daylight hours shorten... Read More

Why… – should we care about opossums?

The opossum, which is the only marsupial (pouched animals, like kangaroos, wallabies, platypuses) found in North America, is a native animal that can trace its roots to ancient South America. All of the marsupials that we associate with Australia can actually trace their family trees back to South America. Through processes like plate tectonics (movement... Read More

Why… – should we care about opossums?

Mars InSight

I found myself standing cold and wet in Times Square on a very rainy Monday afternoon. I was there to witness the November 26th landing of the Insight Mars lander on the Nasdaq screen. Mars is one of our sister planets. Like Earth it possesses an atmosphere albeit a thin one, and similar to Earth,... Read More

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Let’s Talk About Weeds

Originally published in the Easton Irregular I overheard a conversation a couple of weeks ago. “It’s never been this bad. I need a machete to clear the weeds. I’m feeling defeated. It’s more work than fun!” grumbled one gardener. “That’s exactly how I feel about my garden this year. I just could not keep up... Read More

Back Alley Makeover Magic

“Start with the soil!” is accepted, time-honored garden wisdom. But … what if you don’t? What if you just accept the dirt you are given and make it work for you—without adding compost or fertilizer, without increasing the Nitrogen content or upping the percent of Organic Matter? And what if that dirt happens to be... Read More

Connecting to Earth Science

Do you feel connected to the Earth? Do you think you can affect global systems through your local actions? Nurture Nature Center is currently halfway through a two-year NASA funded grant project, entitled “6 Degrees of Influence – Understanding the Interconnectedness of Earth Systems,” intended to educate middle school students about Earth systems and inspire... Read More

NNC’s Role in Communicating Risk for Weather Hazards

Does the way we display information about weather hazards affect someone’s likelihood to prepare?  Could communities have better outcomes during flood events if weather forecasts were improved to be more understandable?  Does understanding the true wide range of possible weather outcomes during an imminent flood event help people to make better preparedness decisions? These are... Read More

Gift Ideas for Today’s Gardener

Written for Home Garden Seed Association Even lifelong gardeners are constantly discovering books, tools, and experiences that will make the job easier, richer, and more rewarding. Here are ideas for holiday—or anytime—gift giving. Books to hold in your hands. Some reading is best done the old-fashioned way, on the page. Here are a few... Read More