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: Attracting Local Wildlife

Fresh Air Moments: Attracting Local Wildlife

  Attracting local wildlife can be as simple as planting native plants in your own yard. Take Blue Grama, a perennial bunchgrass. It may not have the large flashy flowers like Sundrops or Penstemons, but it produces seeds that attract seed-eating birds such as...

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...

Fresh Air Moments: Skulls

Fresh Air Moments: Skulls

Scientists study animal skulls to learn "how animals are related, what they eat, how they avoid being eaten, how they're responding to ecological change, and where our own species fits into the evolutionary picture". Learn how to identify a couple of these features on...

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