December 11, 2016

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Alec and his pal, Rosa, are making decorations to hang on an outdoor tree. The decorations contain food! This will please the birds; they need to stay healthy to be happy throughout the winter. Food decorations are...

November 21, 2016

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Alec and Rosa are stacking firewood. They place each log strategically to assure that air can flow through the stack. This way, the wood can dry more quickly. They are careful not to stack too high so the logs won’t...

October 27, 2016

Alec and Rosa are collecting leaves to put around the garden beds and trees. First they jump in them and toss them about. This is fun! The leaves break down into smaller pieces. The beds of leaves will nourish the r...

October 5, 2016

Rosa and Alec are at the farmers’ market with their shopping list.  They found some delicious maple syrup!  The farmer explains how to tap a sugar maple tree.

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Maple Syrup: A Nat...

September 12, 2016

Rosa and Alec are identifying the trees where they live.  To do this, they look at the leaves, the bark and the structure of the trees. 

By identifying many trees in one area, they learn about forest divers...

August 17, 2016

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Alec and his friend Rosa are putting up a tree swing.  From a sturdy pruning ladder, they're tying the swing so it will be plenty high for a good arch.  Rosa is using a bowline knot around the branch.  Alec is...

July 2, 2016

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Alec is planting an apple tree. 

A good rule of thumb when planting a tree is “dig big.”

Alec makes the hole much wider than the root ball, but not too deep, so the base of the tree is not buried below the soil grade....

June 26, 2016

Rosa and Alec are making some “Backyard Tea.”  They find some dandelions, pine needles and wild rose . They put the dandelion and rose leaves, along with a few pine needles into a big jar with a gallon of water, and...

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What’s Alec Doing Now? Alec is the boy in The Great Spruce who saves his favorite tree from the axe. Now, let's go outdoors with Alec and his pal, Rosa! This blog follows the adventures of Alec and Rosa, curious kids who love nature and planting trees. Join in the fun.

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