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Good Morning Watershed Explorers,

Today's post will be a hodgepodge of some cool activities and links that I wanted to share as well as a follow-up to last week's post about nature impressions.

Last week, my girls and I created the dough for our nature impressions and I posted the video of us making them. That afternoon, we visited Mt. Tom, one of our most treasured hikes, in the Arcadia Management Area in Exeter, RI. We collected pine needles, pine cones, and pebbles. We imprinted our finds in the dough that we created that morning and then we baked them at 200 degrees in the oven. If you don't want to bake them, you can also leave them out for a few days, being sure to turn them side to side so that each side dries. Here is a picture of our final products below. We are going to tie some thin rope on them and hang them as ornaments! I hope that some of you will try this activity.

I came across this great quote this morning that I wanted to share, "Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means a waste of time." -John Lubbock

I love that this quote reminds us to stop and take in nature. It's very easy to go about our day and never even look up into the sky. There is so much wonder in nature, let's take a few moments to breathe in the air, look up at the clouds, listen to the sounds of creatures nearby, and simply immerse ourselves in the natural world that provides us so much!

I wanted to share two great links with all of you. PBS Nature always has some great videos and this week is no different. Click on the link to watch

The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation is also hosting some really cool webinars that you can sign up to participate in. There are sessions on recycling, food waste, and composting. Follow this link to check out the full list and sign up for a few

Happy Exploring Watershed Explorers,

Mrs. Morissette

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