Category Archives: Discover earth

Geocaching and Letter-Boxing

On May 3 2000, Dave Ulmer, a computer consultant, wanted to test the accuracy by hiding a navigational target in the woods. He called the idea the “Great American GPS Stash Hunt” and posted it in an internet GPS users’ group. The idea was simple: Hide a container out in the woods and note the coordinates with a GPS unit.

The finder would then have to locate the container with only the use of his or her GPS receiver. The rules for the finder were simple:

“Take some stuff, leave some stuff.”

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.

Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

*A great summer activity.* Some helpful websites:

Geocaches can be found all over the world. It is common for geocachers to hide caches in locations that are important to them, reflecting a special interest or skill of the cache owner. These locations can be quite diverse. They may be at your local park, at the end of a long hike, underwater or on the side of a city street.

Maybe Geocaching is a little like Pokémon Go, but it has been going for a long time… even before GPS, when compasses were used for scavenger hunts. It is a fun way to explore and learn more about the local area that you live in!

June is here, let’s Celebrate

Month of JUNE events:

Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month Gay and Lesbian Pride Month International Picnic Month
National Dairy Month National Fresh Fruit/Veggie Month National Iced Tea Month

National Rose Month National Safety Month Recycling Month
Turkey Lover’s Month Zoo and Aquarium Month The Third Sunday in June is Father’s Day

What are you going to do for JUNE? The weather is nice. You could have a walk with your FAMILY or YOUR TEAM at work.  Plan a picnic. These are great low cost events. Pot Lucks, Ice cream break time, and swapping chili and BBQ sauce recipes are all fun to do with your friends, family or work groups. Get outside and enjoy the summer!  Plant a tree, take a hike, clean a beach!

Interspersed in this list are a few interesting historical events to this month, so you can think back in time.

A Garden of Inspiration: Quotes

Gardeners will love this book! Full of beloved quotes and new ideas too, all about gardening. Who has Spring Fever? They will love this book.

“We gardeners are healthy, joyous, natural creatures. We are practical, patient, optimistic. We declare our optimism every year, every season with every act of planting.” — Carol Deppe author of the book The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-reliance in Uncertain Times.

From the book of Quotations: A Garden of Inspiration.

It is TICK Season – Be Prepared

Don’t let ticks bother you! There is the avoidance method, Only walk on paved paths which means you are pretty safe. Or stay inside. However, if the great outdoors calls you, please consider this information about ticks.

Here is some Good Advice about ticks –

  1. AFTER hiking, playing outdoors, or as a general summer practice: Have your children check themselves and each other, closely. And parents check children and themselves, too,  Armpits, backs of knees, ears, shoulders, scalp, groin……
  2. Remember, ticks can be passed to humans by pets, farm animals and just a bit of dry grass may support an enterprising tick that can transfer to your skin/clothes as you walk by.

Here’s the really important (good) news about tick-borne diseases: they DON’T get passed over to us for SOME TIME after the ticks have attached themselves to us.

“(Wikipedia): For a person or companion animal to acquire a tick-borne disease requires that that individual gets bitten by a tick and that that tick feeds for a sufficient period of time. The feeding time required to transmit pathogens differs for different ticks and different pathogens. Transmission of the bacterium that causes Lyme disease is well understood to require a substantial feeding period.”

That article sources from good  medical science. What is a substantial feeding period? Well, the researchers who probably have the most conservative view of how long say 24 hours after attachment.

And that was just for ticks in the eastern part of the US. Here’s a really good link about ticks and ways to keep from getting a tick-borne infection: http://www.tickencounter.org/prevention/protect_yourself

Greeneroo has information about many hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area.

NASA and Saturn Exploration

SATURN TOUR

Cassini–Huygens — Space Mission Basic Information

Cassini–Huygens is an unmanned spacecraft sent to the planet Saturn. It is a Flagship-class NASA–ESA–ASI robotic spacecraft. Cassini is the fourth space probe to visit Saturn and the first to enter orbit, and its mission is ongoing as of April 2017. Wikipedia

Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact

Extended!… more Bees! The exhibition is extended now through June 2017.

Odell Hussey Photography

Buzz on in to OMCA’s Gallery of California Natural Sciences for the can’t-miss, family-friendly exhibition, Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact. Immerse yourself in the wildly diverse and intricate world of one of the most exciting creatures we know, with exciting activities in the gallery:

  • Touch on topics of Bay Area beekeeping and the diversity of bee species by trying on a beekeeper suit and examining real bee specimens under a giant microscope.
  • Put on your research cap to contribute to citizen science projects at home, like counting bees in your backyard or hunting “ZomBees.”
  • Discover the similarities and differences between bees and humans while you crawl through a person-sized honeycomb.
  • Check out a beautiful handcrafted bee hotel installed in the OMCA Garden and plan your own bee-friendly garden.
  • Explore the causes of bee population decline, learn about the significance of bees to California’s economy and ecosystems, and discover how your own actions can help bees to survive in a changing world.

Bring the whole family to see Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact, and take a closer look at one of the most important creatures to human agriculture and the natural environment.

Enjoy Earth Day

Earth Day 2017
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Earth Day 2017

Saturday, April 22 — earth day started on April 22, 1970.

Dear Readers, There are no ads in Greeneroo blog posts. Why? I hope that we can share information, rather than pushing you to BUY something. I do like to let you know about really cool books, but I’d really rather have you go outside and have some fun!


Happy Earth Day!!  — the editor

Some activities:

Enjoy a meatless meal! Why? Pasture and alfalfa – the food for cattle to graze on are two of the highest water using plants. Save water, eat a veggie meal.

Plant a Tree! Why? Trees help keep soil in place, they provide homes for many animals and birds, they produce air for us to breath and they provide shade in the summer. A tree can absorb up to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, remove harmful particulates in the air – wow!

Take a Walk! Why? Discover your neighborhood and meet your neighbors.  You’ll learn more about the history of the area, and what other people near you like to do. I often share mint from my garden with people that pass by.

Plant a seed! Why? You’ll learn more about how plants germinate (sprout) and grow. You’ll be responsible for watering and caring for your plant.  You’ll learn about how seeds really look different from one type of plant to the next.

Turn off your lights, Computer, TV, Washer, Dryer and think about walking/ biking rather than driving! Why? Trying out new methods of doing something are the first step of making a healthy habit. Use less energy, turn off the lights and other devices when you aren’t using them.

Don’t buy anything on Earth day! Why? We tend to buy what we want rather than what we need. This leads to throwing so much stuff away. Millions of pounds of clothing are tossed in the trash each year, by people who “bought it … but didn’t need it”!

Type “parks in California” in your computer browser (substitute your STATE for California or write in your Zip code)  Why?  You’ll get a list of parks. Get outside and have some fun! You’ll feel better and you may meet some friends that live near you.  Now that you have a list of places close enough to walk to and enjoy! I used the zip code and found 5 parks that are great and I can walk to each one!

Go to a Farmer’s market. Why? These open air markets are so much fun. You can taste things you have never tried, make friends with a farmer and buy local fruits, vegetables, nuts other stuff that is tasty and fresh. Remember to bring a reusable bag to put your purchases in.

For each of the suggestions, there are many more reasons to try out the activity. Can you think of other reasons to try something new or go outdoors and play?  I bet you can.

Some links to enjoy:

  • www.filoli.org  – beautiful estate and garden in Woodside, CA
  • parks.smcgov.org/san-bruno-mountain – San Bruno mountain is often ignored, commuters say they drive past it all the time. But they don’t stop. It has great hikes, picnic tables, views of SF and flowers to enjoy.
  • birding.sequoia-audubon.org – the audobon society has bird watching information and events everywhere!
  • www.discovery.com/…/1-top-10-most-amazing-hikes-in-north-america – take a hike, learn more!  The Sierra Club has many hikes.

Project Drawdown and Paul Hawken

EVENT:  May 1st, 2017 at 7:00 pm – Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Paul Hawken will speak upon the release of Project Drawdown, a book containing the 100 most substantive solutions to roll back climate change, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world.
Sponsored by Book Passage, the Environmental Forum of Marin, and Dominican University, and held at its Angelico Hall. The book will be included in the ticket. Tickets will be sold through Book Passage and are now available.
Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author who has dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. Paul Hawken has written seven books, which have been published in more than fifty countries and twenty-nine languages. Natural Capitalism, coauthored by Hawken, was cited by President Bill Clinton as one of the five most important books in the world.

Environmental Forum of Marin | P.O. Box 151546 | San Rafael, CA 94915 | 415-484-8336
www.MarinEFM.org

Think Earth – Environmental Ed

Award-Winning Think Earth Environmental Education Curriculum

Now Available Free Online for K-3 Teachers Nationwide

Free teacher instructional guides, illustrated stories, practice exercises, videos, and more can be downloaded from www.thinkearth.org/curriculum in time for Earth Day.

Think Earth also has classroom lesson plans to teach environmental awareness to elementary and middle school students. An evidence-based program like the Think Earth Environmental Curriculum makes it easy for teachers and parents to teach children to conserve natural resources, reduce waste and minimize pollution. Each free instructional unit, available for kindergarten through grade 3, can be downloaded.

Included are lesson plans, posters, stories, videos and songs. The award-winning curriculum is aligned to Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.