Mammoth Cave National Park

My passion for national parks started when I visited Mammoth Cave National Park. This beautiful gem, nestled in the heart of Edmonson County, Kentucky, was established as a national park on July 1, 1941. It is also a World Heritage Site, a distinguished honor received in 1981, recognizing its international importance. Mammoth Cave, with over […]

Joseph Dalton Hooker: Botanist for the Ages

I write a blog every month about a scientist worth knowing. For June’s scientist, I have chosen a rather obscure botanist (obscure by American standards), Joseph Dalton Hooker. He meets my criterion of being born in June—June 30, 1817—to be precise. And, a happy coincidence, the first full week in June is National Garden Week. […]

John Muir: Called by the Mountains

April’s highlighted scientist is naturalist, John Muir. Muir was born on April 21, 1838, in the small coastal town of Dunbar, Scotland. His family emigrated to Wisconsin when he was 11, eventually settling on Hickory Hill farm. Muir’s father, a strict taskmaster, allowed little free time for his two sons, but enough for John to […]

Fun and Free Field Trip!

River Field Trip This week I took my children on a field trip to a local river in our neighborhood.  The summer has been dry, so much of the rocky river bed could be walked on and explored.  We armed ourselves with a packed lunch, a microscope, and a bucket, and off we went.   My […]