is   backyard nature,  backyard wildlife,   and green business for consumers
backyard lawn and garden plants including mushrooms in forestry and urban natural areas

Animals: Pets & Wildlife
Home Improvement
Natural Housing
Conservation Tips

Green & Sustainable
Urban Agriculture & Farming
Organic Food
Energy Efficiency
Nature Tips
Eco & Nature Travel
California Nature
California Beach Communities
Hiking & Camping
Events Calendar
California Green Solutions
Bird Profiles
Buddy's Diner
Insects & Weird Critters
Plants & Green Stuff
Other Fun Stuff
Nature Education Center
California Scrapbook
Japan Scrapbook
Naturalists & Heroes
Backyard Blessings
Nature Education
Nature Art & Illustration
Nature Films & Video

"Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, waterbugs, tadpoles, frogs & turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, hickory nuts, trees to climb, animals to pet, hayfields, pine cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets – and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of his education." -Luther Burbank 1849 - 1926
Published by
Solutions For Green We also publish California Green Solutions and a series of blogs about healthy living solutions.

We don't share your information with anyone else. We ask that parents subscribe to the newsletter. We respect our community's children. We believe we are part of "our village" and need to care for one another.

california native plants are poppies for wildflowers and native plant ecosystem

For more sustainable business information, visit for Sustainable Workplace and Green Products, and ~ Movie Industry Marketing for Indie Filmmaking Tips Arkansas Pet Services ~ for Lifestyles ~ Home and Garden Habitat, Organics and Sustainability
organic foods, organic landscaping, organic farming and organic products for babies, kids and adults.

You can be a naturalist, too

Scientific Discovery Begins with Expeditions!

Over the last 100 years, our understanding of the world has evolved tremendously. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the idea of plate tectonics had not been developed, we believed that the Milky Way galaxy was the entire universe, and we never imagined that many of our planet's plant and animal life might one day become extinct. Today, we know that plate tectonics is a major force that shapes Earth's surface, that the universe stretches far beyond our galaxy, and that the biodiversity of Earth's living things is of critical importance not only to human survival, but also to the continued functioning of the Earth system.

Each year the American Museum Of Natural History scientists endeavor to gain more knowledge about these and other important subjects. They travel to places as far away as the Falkland Islands and as close as Central Park in New York City. These scientists observe, collect, and document what they find. Their observations are recorded in field journals that they can refer to again and again, long after the expeditions are over. With each careful, detailed field study, scientists add to the existing body of knowledge. Many months and sometimes years later, scientists are still analyzing the information they gathered on their expeditions and communicating their findings to other scientists and to the public.

You Are Invited!

You, too, can join with scientists in exploring the world around you. The Young Naturalist Awards program invites you to plan and conduct your own scientific expedition, one that will provide original data, questions, and observations on a topic in the natural sciences. You are not expected to make a new scientific discovery. However, your expedition should provide you with a new understanding about the question you investigated. Tell us about your expedition in an essay that includes artwork and/or photographs that help to illustrate your findings

The theme is the same each year: "Scientific Discovery Begins with Expeditions!" Students choose a topic in biology, Earth science, or astronomy and take an expedition to an area where they can explore their topic.

All the forms and information you will need to enter are downloadable from this site. You may also call, write, or e-mail the Young Naturalist Awards Administrator and request a packet of materials.

Young Naturalist Awards Administrator
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West @ 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
Telephone: 212-533-0222

For more articles about NATURE & KIDS

Young Birders Get Serious About Birding Fun
The Squirrel Family 0 Backyard Nature Safari
Hamsters are rodents and cuddly pets
Kids Learning Links
Buddy's Diner (for the birds)
Bird Profiles for Young Naturalists