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: Moon Phases

Fresh Air Moments: Moon Phases

  This “Breath of Fresh Air” features the moon, and how to track the phases of the moon for the monthof April. Have you ever wondered why does the moon have phases? The moon has phases as it orbits earth, causing the position we see illuminated to change fromphase to...

Fresh Air Moments: Surface Tension

Fresh Air Moments: Surface Tension

Challenge: Who can spot the first water strider of the warmer seasons in the Central Highlands?Watch the video below to see one of the reasons why these macroinvertebrates are so special. 

Fresh Air Moments: What’s the Scoop on Soil?

Fresh Air Moments: What’s the Scoop on Soil?

  There are 3 main components to think about: texture, structure, and color. The grains and particles that make up soil are categorized into three groups by size: sand, silt, and clay.  Sand particles are the largest and clay particles the smallest. Most soils are a...

Fresh Air Moments: Tapping into Nature’s Genius

Fresh Air Moments: Tapping into Nature’s Genius

  Lotus leaves inspired the umbrella, bird wings inspired the plane, and the Burdock plant inspired velcro. These are some of the earliest examples of biomimicry. “Biomimicry is the conscious emulation of nature’s genius” says Erin Rovalo, a design consultant and a...

Fresh Air Moments: Advice From a Tree

Fresh Air Moments: Advice From a Tree

  Do you ever find yourself wondering if a tree could give advice, what kind of advice would it give to you?Well here are some words of wisdom written by author Ilan Shamir. Take a moment and enjoy thisbreath of fresh air from our education team here at the Highlands...

Fresh Air Moments: Super Soil

Fresh Air Moments: Super Soil

  “We know more about the celestial bodies overhead than we do the soil underfoot” – Leonardi Da Vinci “Dirt don’t hurt!” – Jessie, Education Coordinator for HCNH It is so easy to forget that right underfoot is a whole world, complete with neighborhoods, methods of...

Fresh Air Moments: World of a Critter

Fresh Air Moments: World of a Critter

  For today’s Fresh Air Moment we recommend an imaginative minute of mindfulness. Take a short hike, find a small place to sit and stare at the landscape, or look out your window. Observe any animals, geological features, habitats, shelter, water and food sources...

Fresh Air Moments: First Day of Spring Visitors

Fresh Air Moments: First Day of Spring Visitors

  With some snow and mud present, now is a great time to see what has been visiting just outside your home or along one of your favorite trails. Just look for tracks! Tracks are the footprints animals leave behind and they are best seen in mud, sand and snow. You can...

Fresh Air Moments: How Does Water Travel Through Leaves?

Fresh Air Moments: How Does Water Travel Through Leaves?

Have you ever wondered how water travels through leaves? Let’s find out with these easy steps:     • Step 1 - Take a short walk outside, and pick three to five leaves from different trees. Try your best to collect leaves of different shapes and sizes.• Step 2 - Bring...

Fresh Air Moments: Water Solvency

Fresh Air Moments: Water Solvency

Water is the most important solvent in our ecological world. Watch the video below to learnwhat makes a solvent a solvent and how you can experiment with water solvency at home or outside!

Fresh Air Moments: Density of Ice

Fresh Air Moments: Density of Ice

Water has a low density in its solid form, ice, which isn't true for all compounds occuring in the natural world. Watch the video below to learn how the properties of water when it freezes has shaped our landscapes and life as we know it!

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