Soil erosion is a big issue along the network of tributaries that feed into the Susquehanna River. Here is an experiment you can do at home to demonstrate how to fight soil erosion and a real-life example of people putting those practices to use.
Few early school-year memories are more powerful for me than of that of Miss Wilson and her tearful exit decades ago from my fifth-grade music class – and the teaching profession altogether.
Our regular music teacher needed an unexpected amount of time off for a medical issue, and the school principal told our class a few days in advance that we would be getting a new substitute teacher.
Bright sun and a warm breeze greeted my daughter and I as we paddled our kayaks up the Penns Creek, but dangers lurked ahead.
We were exploring a shoreline submerged by higher water typical for an early spring paddle, with small trees and branches jutting out of the water at a variety of angles.
The following was submitted by Dan Brauning of the Lycoming Audubon Society.
They are coming. Heading here by the millions, mostly by night, these masses will arrive from the south, largely unseen.
Our previous water cycle experiment, which uses glass bowls and hot water, may be a little too intense for small children. Here is a water cycle they can create and observe using just a Ziploc bag, markers, cool water, food coloring, tape and a window!
Looking to engage your family with a fun at-home experiment? Recreate a water cycle using just two glass bowls, water, plastic wrap and a few other items likely already in your home.
School and many workplaces may be out indefinitely during the coronavirus-induced statewide quarantine, and families may be struggling to find creative ways to engage their children during a time of stress and uncertainty.
“We like to tell people that nature is not closed,” said Susquehanna Greenways Executive Director Corey Ellison. “There are so many opportunities throughout our region for families to reconnect with nature and create positive memories – you just need to be careful where you are going and avoid places where groups typically gather, like playgrounds.”
On a rainy day in the midst of a coronavirus-induced quarantine, it may seem impossible to satisfy that urge to get outdoors and reconnect with nature. Thankfully, we have amazing video footage from Michael Kinney, such as this segment of a hellbender roaming the floor of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Lycoming County. Check it out, and then enjoy some more of Kinney's masterpieces below:
Struggling to find ways to keep your kids engaged and educated during the quarantine? We have a few cool hands-on experiments that help illustrate how pollution can affect the plants, waterways and overall environment.
A cool breeze, amazing lakeside views and a few curious birds greeted my older daughter and me at the Montour Preserve’s Lake Chillisquaque earlier this week.
There were lots of things to see, explore and enjoy during our early morning excursion. Only two things were notably absent – fish, which obviously could care less for the assortment of lures and Power Bait options we threw at them, and people.
John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.