Monthly Archives: March 2012

“Pinning” Nature

Let’s call this a mini Public Service Announcement, shall we?

I love Pinterest just as much as the next person. In fact, I can get totally sucked in. (OMG, knitted frog dissection art. Who knew?!)

I especially love all the nature pictures that people share from around the globe.

But it does make me stop an wonder…

How often are all of these “pinners” actually getting out there and exploring and celebrating the natural world? Myself included — I do not get out as much as I would like to.

So let’s make a pledge — from pinner to pinner. Let’s get OUTSIDE more. Day by day and week by week. Come on folks, we can do it!

After all, life is made for living.

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

Mystery Critter #86

Spring has sprung a bit early here in the US, which makes it even more of a treat to head outdoors this weekend. Mother Nature has started her annual show of buds and blooms and shades of greens that feed our souls.

So my favorite nature detectives, let’s get to it. Let’s play Mystery Critter!

Put on those thinking caps, and remember, no peeking! ;-)

TGSG Note: Please don’t post your brilliant guess in the comments or on Twitter. We don’t want to ruin the surprise for the other detectives. Make sure to check the link to see if you got it right!


  • I am quite common throughout North America
  • Unlike many species, both males and females pitch-in with “child care”
  • I munch on everything from rabbits to lizards (yum!)
  • Open fields are my habitat
  • You’ve probably seen me when you are out for a drive

So, what am I?! 

Make your guess then go here for the answer and more interesting facts.

Did you get it right? 

If not, no worries. You will have another chance soon!

Remember, when looking for wildlife, keep your eyes and ears open! Look high and low, and most importantly, enjoy yourself.

Exploring the natural world with children is a special treat. Get lost in the wonder and awe that only Mother Nature can provide.

What critters can you spot in your neck of the woods? Be sure to tell us!

And don’t forget,  join the Wildobs community and share your wild adventures with the world.

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

photo by: geminder

Getting Cheeky About Outdoor Play


7.5 = number of hours of screen time school aged children experience daily

32 = number of hours of television preschoolers watch weekly

19 = percentage of infants one year and under with televisions in their rooms

25,000 = average number of television commercials a preschooler sees

I’ve tried lots of approaches to talk about this issue. I thought I would try something different this time. And a bit cheeky.

As an advocate for healthy, happy childhoods I will do just about anything to get the message out — and to make people actually listen.

Unplug. Set screen time limits. Get your kids outdoors for unstructured play experiences.

Explore your green community spaces. 


See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

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