Fresh Air Moments

The Highlands Center For Natural History is committed to staying connected with you and the natural world. Everyday for as long as our public programs are postponed or cancelled, our education staff will be sharing place-based nature and science-related posts. These posts are intended to be interactive, shared, and to be a resource for all people. These “Fresh Air Moments” are our way of encouraging everyone to take a moment outside everyday – on your porch, in your backyard, walking on the sidewalk, or on local trails like here at the Highlands Center.

Fresh Air Moments: Salamanders

Fresh Air Moments: Salamanders

Salamanders in the Central Highlands are not necessarily rare, but they are not a common find. Salamanders are incredible creatures. They can regenerate limbs, eat opportunistically and teach us about our home. Join Sarah from the Highlands Center for Natural History...

Fresh Air Moments: Winogradsky Column

Fresh Air Moments: Winogradsky Column

One area of study in aquatic ecology is microbiology. Microorganisms living in and around water systems are foundational and interesting. One of the ways to see evidence of this life is by studying biofilms, substances created by the microbes to live in colonies and...

Fresh Air Moments: Caddisflys

Fresh Air Moments: Caddisflys

All macroinvertebrates are exciting to find, but caddisflys, if you have never seen them, are some of the coolest! These insect larvae form cases, using silk and debris from their environment to protect their abdomens. Check out this caddisfly, found in a Central...

Fresh Air Moments: Local Soundscapes

Fresh Air Moments: Local Soundscapes

This Fresh Air Moment features a soundscape from a local popular attraction! A soundscape is a collection of sounds from a specific area. As humans, we tend to rely on our sense of sight to interpret the world, but some animals rely on their sense of hearing. Some...

Fresh Air Moments: Animal Art

Fresh Air Moments: Animal Art

  "Nothing is art if it does not come from nature." - Antoni Gaudi For this Fresh Air Moment, we encourage you to make art from nature! As an outdoor educator, one of the activities I love to use when there is free time is a challenge to make an animal out of...

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