Get Outside Like Minna- The November Edition

    November 7, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    Nature trails are a lot of work to maintain. Even when they are closed during the off season, there is still much work to be done. Minna kept copious notes of her yearly work in her Rock Ridges Trail Journal. Minna ran the Rock Ridges Trail before the time of modern conveniences and it occupied […]

    Get Outside Like Minna- The October Edition

    October 3, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    October is here and the air finally feels like autumn.  The smell of cinnamon and freshly bakes apples is continually in the air and the leaves are turning beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow. Fall is my favorite season in upstate New York. My children are now old enough to question why the leaves […]

    Get Outside Like Minna!- The September Edition

    September 12, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    Can you name the plant in this picture?   Let me give you some hints. 1. They are found along the edges of ponds and in marshes. 2. They can be used to make mats and baskets. 3.  They share their name with a favorite household pet. If you guessed CAT TAILS, you are correct! […]

    Get Outside Like Minna August Edition- Boredom Busters

    August 1, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    “I’m bored!” It’s one of the worst things to hear fall out of your child’s mouth. So this month’s Get Outside Like Minna is a set of activities to bust up you children’s boredom! Minna and her family spent the entire summer outside hiking and canoeing on the lake. If these aren’t options for you, […]

    Get Outside Like Minna! The July Edition.

    July 18, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    I am not a fan of the heat. I will be honest and say that I was quite happy having the low 70’s and upper 60’s stretch into late June. Unfortunately, I think my 60 degree weather is done. We are now officially in the heat of the summer. So what do you do when […]

    Get Outside Like Minna June Edition

    June 6, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    Happy June! If you live in New York State, summer is officially upon us and the end of the school year is in sight! In honor of the freedom and flexibility that will soon be in our grasp, I have created a flexible and fun Get Outside Like Minna (GOLM)! Minna and her family spent […]

    Get Outside Like Minna the May Edition

    May 9, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    I have finally taken my snow tires off so it must be it is officially spring! Besides hearing the birds and watching the snow melt, seeing people walking past my house is the final confirmation that the world is waking up from its winter time slumber! So this month our Get Outside Like Minna (GOLM) is very simple! Just GET Minna did!

    Get Outside Like Minna- Why Do Birds Talk So Much?

    April 4, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    Spring might finally be here!! Wahoo! We have had enough gray and cold and dark to last us for a whole year! My favorite part of spring, besides my birthday, is walking outside and hearing the birds sing. This year I decided to answer the question I have wondered about for a long time!

    Get Outside Like Minna – How Does Wind Work?

    March 10, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    We are definitely well into winter here in Upstate New York! You can’t leave the house without bundling up in layers of warm clothes! My family and I live outside of Rochester, NY. Minna lived in Watertown, NY. The Watertown area is sometimes referred to as the North Country. During the month of March, Watertown […]

    Get Outside Like Minna

    February 6, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    February is here and in Upstate New York that means more snow!! It seems to be the perfect time to talk about HIBERNATION! So Let’s Begin With A Few Simple YES/No Questions Do Chipmunks and Ground Squirrels Hibernate? Do Bats Hibernate? Do Bears Hibernate? Time’s up! If you answered: Yes Some Well, that’s complicated and […]