Your Very First Stargazing Trip

When we’re asked to make observations of nature, sometimes it feels like a quiz.  What am I supposed to be seeing?  If you go out stargazing, you might be pressured to find and name all the constellations, and recognizing constellations can feel equivalent to saying “I see a kangaroo in the clouds!”  I’ll admit—I don’t …

Science At Play: Backyard Wilderness

As the weather warms and the days get longer, the yearly migration of humans from couch to yard begins anew. Hopefully you are enjoying time reviving your gardens, hiking some of CT’s many beautiful trails, or simply getting some fresh air. In spring, it feels like the whole world is waking up and coming out …

Backyard Digs

“Some [archaeological] sites are found by luck or by accident,” writes Sarah Parcak, in her book Archaeology from Space. For example, in 1900 “a donkey transporting a gentleman from a quarry in Alexandria, Egypt, fell into an abandoned shaft. What the poor donkey landed in were second-to-fourth century AD Roman Period catacombs.” You don’t have …

Following Connecticut’s Garnet Trail

Welcome to a new year and a new month. Garnet is the birthstone for January, and the almandine garnet happens to be Connecticut’s state mineral. You’ve probably heard of the Connecticut Wine Trail, but have you heard of the Garnet Trail? The Connecticut Garnet Trail was funded by the DEEP Greenways program to promote awareness …