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Monarchs continue to astound

August 21, 2016 One of my first memories of the idea that the Monarch Butterfly had a life beyond my yard happened in my living room as a kid. more »»

Day campers

August 9, 2015 “You just got shot with a tranquilizer dart!” is what I hear and I look over as a child’s eyes get wide, he stumbles, trips and collapses to the ground as if, well, shot with a tranquilizer dart. more »»

Embracing art

August 2, 2015 I don’t remember the incident, but the story continues to be told about the day I came home “sick” from the first grade. more »»

Fighting late blight in potatoes and tomatoes

August 2, 2015 Master Gardener Volunteer, Cornell Cooperative Extension Late blight has arrived and established itself in western New York. more »»

Butterflies of summer

July 12, 2015 Summer is the time of odd sounding questions in my world. more »»

Websites for gardeners

July 12, 2015 Every gardener needs help from time to time; no one knows everything, not even Master Gardener Volunteers. more »»

Fireflies in the dark

June 21, 2015 The dark scared me when I was little, especially in my room. The grain of the wood on the closet doors changed into faces and animals in the night. more »»

Squash bugs and squash vine borers share some of the same tastes

June 21, 2015 Last year was pretty rough on my squash and melon plants. more »»

Treasured memories

June 7, 2015 You are leaving Earth forever. In fact, everyone is. There is just a short time left before we abandon this planet and leave for another we’ve found. more »»

Celebrate pollinators

June 7, 2015 Without pollinators our lives would be radically different. About 75 percent of all flowering plants depend on pollinators for fertilization. more »»

Photography intensive

May 31, 2015 I am ridiculously excited by the lineup of instructors for the Nature Center’s June 20 Photography Intensive. The talent and experience of the instructors is top-notc. more »»

Grow your best tomato yet

May 31, 2015 Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes. Make this your biggest and tastiest tomato harvest yet with proper planting and care. more »»


May 24, 2015 Metamorphosis. It is the process of transformation. Life seems to be a never-ending process of transformation over time. more »»

Keeping your garden greens happy

May 24, 2015 JAMESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County’s Master Gardener Program offers tips on Keeping Your Garden Greens Happy During the Summer Even in our locale, summer heat may take a tol... more »»

Wildflower connections

April 26, 2015 Somebody famous once said “the earth laughs in flowers,” but who really cares about that? He should have said that the forest cannot function without flower. more »»

Nature has reclaimed the Exclusion Zone

April 26, 2015 The trees planted me. I recently watched a TED talk about a group of babushkas, or grandmothers, who are/were living in their ancestral homes. Unremarkable until you learn that home is Chernobyl. more »»

The Real Dirt on Soil

April 19, 2015 Spring is such a wonderful season! It’s a time for optimism and new growth. Those of us who garden are anxious to get out and work in the soil. more »»

Mr. Wormbreath

April 12, 2015 How does a bird with worm breath attract a mate? They do it with singing, awesome dance moves and a skydance of amazing proportions. more »»

Let’s get to work

April 5, 2015 In 2013-2014, almost 9,000 people came to the Nature Center to attend a program or event. Another 1,400 plus came because of a rental. Our guestbook was signed by almost 3,400 people. more »»

Getting off on the right foot

April 5, 2015 When we garden we want to do the least amount of work and get the most out of it. There is nothing wrong with this so getting off on the right foot means everything then. more »»



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