Faded Footsteps – Arrowhead Nature Trail

Where We Went : Arrowhead Nature Trail, Pittsfield/Lenox MA

When We Went : Mid-April

Difficulty (Boots 1 – 10) : 1.5 Boots

Trail Length : 0.5 Mile

How Long it Took Us : 1 Hour

Overview :

“Leviathan, white whale – Call me Ishmael.

Sailor, novelist – A failure until posthumous.

Made a home here in the Berks, Hawthorne put up with my quirks.

Hittin’ up old Greylock, Catch me out at Balance Rock.

Wrote Billy Budd & Bartelby, Even messed around with poetry.

When I say Moby, you say Dick –

MOBY…DICK!

 MOBY…DICK!”

Although Melville wasn’t born in the Berkshires, his Uncle Thomas Melvill’s Pittsfield estate offered a much needed refuge and retreat from the drudgery that he faced in Albany at 13 years old. Herman’s father had died in 1832, leaving his family almost irreparably in debt.

At age 12, Herman found himself employed as a clerk at the New York State Bank, working long hours, six days a week for the next three years.

Excuse me? Can you imagine being 12 years old and suiting up for your job at the bank six days a week?! What…

Reflecting on his childhood in the semi-autobiographical novel ,Redburn: His First Voyage,, Melville wrote:

“I must not think of those delightful days, before my father became bankrupt, and dies, and we removed from the city; for when I think of those days, something rises up in my throat and almost strangles me.”

There’s no doubt that that first Berkshire summer of 1832 – Melville’s first break from the confining and monotonous tedium at the bank – offered him so much more than just a breath of fresh air. We can only imagine the profound impact that those sylvan summer days had on Melville’s soul.

So in 1850, when the wealthy Morewood’s moved to purchase his Uncle’s estate (renaming it Broadhall and the current home of the Pittsfield Country Club) and the surrounding 300 acres for $6500, it seems logical to think that Herman would curse himself for not having the necessary funds to buy it first. It likely stirred a deep-rooted feeling inside, a gnawing desire to break the mold of his destitute father and secure the very thing that impassioned him.

When an adjacent Pittsfield property went up for sale that same year, also priced $6500 (1/2 the acreage), Melville could hardly miss a second opportunity to reclaim his gossamer glimmers of childhood and prove himself as a man. Borrowing heavily from his father-in-law and incurring a mortgage, Herman was able to purchase Arrowhead in a harried fit of nostalgia.

There have been other theories raised to explain Melville’s moment of impulsivity. Michael Sheldon, author of “Melville In Love”

Subject to even more scrutiny is his relationship with Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Some scholars propose that this meeting sparked the impetuous purchase of the Berkshire farm, an attempt by Melville to remain close to his literary guru.

Writings of this odd pair have been scrutinized for decades, Melville the overzealous and infatuated admirer (a 19th-century “Stan” if you will.)

We can never know the true motives behind anyone’s personal choices, past or present, and too often historical conjecture misses the heart of human nature.

When I walked the trail behind Arrowhead I was walking in Herman Melville’s footsteps, maybe even Sarah Morewood’s and Hawthorne’s too. But try as I might to put myself in each of their shoes, my takeaway can only be personal. And there is one thing I know for certain. Whether you grew up in the Berkshires, like me, or you’ve been a visitor to these rolling hills and dales, you know all too well the mark they leave on you. And for any writer, is there ever a greater muse than the one you’re living in?

What We Dug :

While this makes an unparalleled accompaniment for the adult explorer, for the shorter set, try out the BHS Stanwix’s Scavenger Hunt! With two different versions, kids can feel challenged and engaged during their easy trek through the woods.

We printed off both versions and M & V each did one, then swapped and did each others!

The trail itself is easy to follow and equally easy walking. From the parking lot we crossed to the mown meadow path and upwards into the woods. Following the white arrowhead signs serving as trail markers, we searched high and low for the items on Stanwix’s Lists and found much more than we bargained for. A cache of wild ramps was hiding just off the path and our resident eagle eye spotted scarlet elf cups under a stand of birches. You can imagine young Malcolm (Melville’s eldest son) and little Stanwix running amok through the woods and catch a glimpse of the former Morewood property at the border of the neighboring golf course. Bring binoculars for meadow-side bird watching and don’t forget to look for the whale!

What We Could Do Without : Bittersweet strikes again…If you hike often, it’s likely you’ll see this serpentine strangler. Sometimes we see it just taking hold, while other places we see the devastation that occurs as a result of this merciless invasive. Melville’s woods are in the unforgiving grip of Celastrus orbiculatus. It hasn’t quite reached the levels that we saw at Longcope Park in Lee.  

Keep Your Eyes Peeled For : Purple Trillium, Trout Lily, Wild Ramps, Crinkleroot, Scarlet Elf Cup, Wood Anemone, Foamflower, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Blue Cohosh, False Solomon’s Seal, Garlic Mustard, Springtails, Wood Thrush, Oven Bird, Gray Catbird, Downy Woodpecker, Goldfinch, Blue Jay, American Redstart, Common Buckthorn, Beech, Black Cherry, Hemlock, Hop Hornbeam, Red Oak, Sugar Maple, White Ash, White Birch, White Pine

Must Know Before You Go’s : Parking is in the rear behind the Red Barn. No Facilities. Arrowhead is currently closed for tours. No Hunting, No Mountain Bikes or Motorized Vehicles, Leashed Dogs OK

FOR HIKING GUIDELINES DURING COVID-19 PLEASE REFER TO THIS HELPFUL LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION – HELP KEEP OTHERS SAFE & FLATTEN THE CURVE!

Directions : 780 Holmes Road Pittsfield, MA.

From the Massachusetts Turnpike(I-90), take Exit 2 (Lee). Follow Route 20 West for 8.5 miles; it will merge with Route 7 North. Turn right onto Holmes Road at the traffic light. Arrowhead is 1.5 miles ahead on the left.

From points north: Route 20, Route 9, and Route 7 all lead to Pittsfield and intersect with major interstates. Consult your own maps for reaching Route 7 from where you are. Once you are on Route 7 South, follow Route 7 South until you cross the Pittsfield-Lenox town line. Turn left onto Holmes Road at the traffic light. Arrowhead is 1.5 miles ahead on the left.

Website : www.mobydick.org

Resources : https://berkshirehistory.org/visit-us/house-landscape-tours/

Power of Place by Marianna Poutasse

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Faded Footsteps – Arrowhead Nature Trail

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Great Spot! – Kennedy Park

Great Spot! – Kennedy Park

Today my Iphone photos reminded me that we did this hike April 13, 2019.

And here I sit, one year to the day wondering why I never put this review down on paper. It’s a rainy day, much like the one that brought us to Kennedy in search of the red-spotted newts. But like Olaf keeps reminding me, “…the wind blows a little bit colder / And we’re all getting older…” and we decided to stay in and watch Frozen 2, again, instead of venturing out. So I dusted off the files and got to writing. Timing is a funny thing.


Where We Went : Kennedy Park – Lenox, MA

When We Went : Mid-April

Difficulty (Boots 1 – 10) : Varies, Our hike was 1.5 Boots

Trail Length : Varying Lengths

(There are A LOT. We walked Cold Spring Trail, Woolsely Trail, Aspinwall & Bridges.) See map below

How Long it Took Us : We meandered. Spent about 3 hours wandering and hunting for newts!

Overview : The Aspinwall Hotel opened its doors in 1902 and immediately became the queen bee of Lenox resorts. Each of it’s 400 rooms featured a fireplace and boasted an in-residence orchestra. Perched high above the town at 1,460 feet above sea-level – the view was spectacular and it was the place to stay for nearly three decades.

On April 25, 1931, it would burn to the ground. A mile away, a policeman out on his front porch saw the flames and raised the alarm that would leave a 1 million dollar pile of rubble on a Lenox hillside.

“The hilltop seemed to be completely enveloped in flames — shooting upwards and licking the ebony heavens with their carmine tongues. The sparks flew in all directions, showering the town and threatening hundreds of homes,” an Eagle reporter on the scene wrote. “In the crowd who watched were noctambulists who had not gone to bed, out to parties and dances, they were homeward bound when attracted by the spectacular blaze.”

In the 1950’s, Lenox turned the abandoned land into a huge reserve of cross-country ski and hiking trails. Re-named John D. Kennedy Park after the man who was pivotal in it’s preservation. Today it occupies 500 acres of forest, ponds, and hillsides.

What We Dug : Much like the symphony of wood and peeper frogs, one of the most iconic signs of Spring in the Northeast is the appearance of the red efts or eastern newts.

(Please, if you see a newt on the move try not to touch it unless you are sure your hands are free from chemicals and you have the ability to wash afterwards. Especially, during this time of health uncertainty, it is best practice to let wildlife alone.)

Still not fully understood by scientists, at some point, a red eft will stop wandering about, mature into its adult phase and finish their life in a pond or lake. As a grown-up their skin changes to yellowish-brown but they maintain the telltale red spots!

On this soggy day in April we encountered so many along the paths that we turned it into a competition! Their bright orange bodies shone like a beacon on the muted forest floor.

We each kept a running tally and the person who spotted the most EFTS got the last snack!

(Not to brag…but I was the winner – with 26 spots – but I shared my snack with everyone.)

What We Could Do Without : The trails are constantly crisscrossing each other. Blazes are scarce. There are signs at some junctions. The paths are well-worn and easy to follow but it can be easy to get turned around on a multitude of switchbacks and intersecting trails. There are so many access points at Kennedy Park and a lot of trails. This is a wonderful thing in terms of space and access – allowing people the ability to spread out and try diverse trail – however it can easily get confusing for someone unfamiliar with the area. BRING A MAP.

A good entry point and the hike we did on this trip was from the parking area off of West Dugway Road. From there we take the Cold Spring Trail til it meets with the Woolsey Trail. Then we branched off for an abbreviated walk on the Aspinwall Trail, back down Woolsey Trail and returned by the Bridges Trail.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled For : Red Efts, Wood Frogs, Peeper Frogs, Cold Spring, Ruins of Aspinwall Hotel, Old Stone Walls, Trillium, Columbine, White Oak, Red Oak, Ash, Beech, Balance Rock

Must Know Before You Go’s :, There are multiple access points: Adjacent to the Church-on-the-Hill in downtown Lenox – Parking Lot off of West Dugway RoadReservoir RoadLenox Shops entry point, and through the Arcadian Shop lot (Store is CURRENTLY CLOSED), Each of these access points is going to offer different portions of the trail. Because Kennedy Park has such a numerous amount of trails, it is important to have a map and an idea of your bearings. It can be an easy place to take a wrong trail and get turned around. No Facilities. Mountain Biking Allowed. No Motorized Vehicles or Hunting. Leashed Dogs OK

Directions : Many ways to access – To get to West Dugway Road Parking Lot, Follow ,Route 7 from Pittsfield into Lenox and turn right onto West Dugway Road. Parking is your first left.

The Arcadian and Lenox Shops are directly after West Dugway Road off of Route 7.

COVID-19 Hiking Best Practices

  • Check access before you go, many areas are closed during this time.
  • If you or anyone in your group is feeling sick, STAY HOME.
  • If parking areas are crowded, choose a different space to explore.
  • Give a wide berth to other hikers and allow for at least 6-feet for passing.
  • Practice Carry-In/Carry-Out & Leave No Trace rules. Trash receptacles should not be used.
  • Bathroom and office facilities will be closed to the public.

Website :

Resources :

https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/massachusetts/kennedy-park

https://nhpbs.org/wild/easternnewt.asp

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5 Reasons To Walk In The Rain – Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Where We Went : Ashuwillticook Rail Trail/Lanesborough entrance

When We Went : Mid-June

Difficulty (Boots 1 – 10) : 0 Boots! (except for our rain boots)

Trail Length : 11.2 Miles (We only walked about 1.5 miles before turning around.)

How Long it Took Us : 2 Hours

Overview : In the 1840s the Pittsfield/North Adams railroad made an attempt to extend the Housatonic railroad from Pittsfield to Rutland, VT. After changing ownership a number of times, the corridor became disused in 1990, and local residents clamored for support of a multi-use trail. The old railroad tracks were converted into an 11.2 mile trail stretching from Lanesborough to Adams, opening in three phases in 2001, 2004, and 2017.

The 10-foot wide paved path is accessible for all kinds of recreation : strollers, bicycles, wheelchairs, rollerblades, running, walking, and skiing in the winter months.

You can access the trail from the Lanesborough side or the Adams entrance. Our location has us closer to the trailhead in Lanesborough, with parking areas at the base of the entrance road for the Berkshire Mall (don’t bother…well..Target).

The word Ashuwillticook (ash-oo-will-ti-cook) is from the American Indian name for the south branch of the Hoosic River and literally means “at the in-between pleasant river,” or in common tongue, “the pleasant river in between the hills.”

From the parking area, the trail enters into the woods parallel to the Hoosic River and MA 8, which is heavily screened by trees. During the first mile of your walk, Berkshire Pond will be on your left. If you venture farther, you will see the 418-acre Cheshire Reservoir. It was built in the 1860s to provide power for the area’s textile mills. Keep an eye out for Mount Greylock, on a clear day you can just make out the tower!

What We Dug :

The sun wouldn’t shine, it had rained all day.

Boredom set in and the kids itched to play.

They sat there together, with nothing to do.

They sat and they sat, feeling quite blue…ENOUGH!

 

Now I’m no Dr. Seuss, but you know those days I’m rhyming about: wet, dark, and dreary, the rain seems to leave us with no other choice but to shelter indoors. With no Cat in the Hat to step in and save the day, the children begin to take matters into their own dysfunctional paws. Whining becomes the backing track to your day. Some strange trick of the universe makes even those trusty screens not enough to tame the beasts (no shame in the tablet game). Every third sentence contains the “B” word. No, not the one describing your overall demeanor after finding yourself marooned with tiny tyrants. BORED. That one. The one they’ll say enough that it BORES a hole right through your skull. Verbal trepanning aside, you know what they say – if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, and in this case, I completely agree. 

We needed an outlet for all the pent up energy we had, both negative and positive, and nature is the ideal conduit.

Ashuwillticook was our ticket out of the doldrums (our Tock-et for all the Phantom Tollbooth fans out there.)

The highlight of our romp in the rain was our turtle encounter. On one side we saw a ravaged nest and the shells that were left behind from another animals feast. On the other was a mama turtle in the middle of her own egg endeavor. Initially seeing her laying trailside at the beginning of our walk, we spent a few moments of curious study and went on our way. When we had turned around for our return trip, we found her laying the last of her eggs and making her way back to the water. Her “shell-ter,” as Mason called it – yup. no doubt that’s my kid.

We returned to the car somewhat soggy, but refreshed and more importantly, re-centered. The dark cloud that hovered over us indoors was no match for the towering nimbuses that swiftly deflated our funk.

If our romp in the rain tortoise anything, (sorry. had to do it.) it’s that we shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the day and its possibilities solely based on the weather.


 

 Here are FIVE reasons to grab your galoshes and take a stroll in the rain

 

1. Population: Or lack of. Pretty obvious, but since most of us run for cover when it starts to rain, you’ll find you have most places to yourself, offering more quiet and more time with your thoughts.

 

2. pH/Pollution: Go get a free facial from Mother Nature. Some studies say that rain water is extremely alkaline in nature which can be beneficial for both skin and hair. But even if you skip the deluge for a clay mask later, know that as raindrops fall, they draw particles of soot, smog, and other types of

 

3. Petrichor: The word means “the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil” and who doesn’t love it?

 

4. Powerless: If there’s one thing we can’t control, it’s the weather. It’s the decision-maker in so many of our day-to-day choices. Turn it on it’s head. Making the choice to take a walk no matter the weather, will help you give up control and lean in to whatever life throws at you.

 

5. Perspective: Look around you through different eyes. Whether you walk the same route everyday or constantly switch it up, rain sets a different mood. The sun can’t be relied upon for it’s constant glow and the gloomy reflections can be equally dazzling as a sunny sky. Just as in life, some of those seemingly lowest moments turn out to be the most magnificent. 


 

What We Could Do Without : To be honest, the worst part of our day was behind us. Once we got outdoors, the only thing we could do without was heading back in.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled For : Herons, egrets, red winged blackbirds, turtles, yellow perch, bass, northern pike, ospreys, beavers, mallards, bald eagle, Canadian geese

Must Know Before You Go’s : Parking is available on both the left and right of the Lanesborough entrance. An information kiosk is at the start of the trailhead. Bathroom facilities available from dawn to dusk. Paved, wide, flat trail is handicapped accessible. Picnic tables and benches along the trail. Fishing is permitted. Leashed dogs OK. Be aware that the trail is predominately used for bicycles and follow proper etiquette. (you may hear, “on your left!” just move over to the side.) There are some well marked cross streets that run through the trail. Be cautious and yield to vehicles.

Directions : To reach the Lanesborough trailhead from I-90, take Exit 2 to the toll plaza and bear right onto US 20/Housatonic St. toward Pittsfield. In 0.7 mile turn right onto Main St. Go 0.4 mile, and turn slightly left to remain on US 20 W. Go 10.2 miles and turn right in Pittsfield onto MA 9/East St. toward Dalton/Northampton. Go 1.4 miles and continue straight onto Merrill Road, and then go 1.8 miles and bear left onto MA 8/Cheshire Road. Go 1.5 miles and turn left onto US 7/MA 8 Connector Road. Parking is on the left and the right.

To reach the Adams trailhead, follow the directions above to MA 8/Cheshire Road. Go 12.1 miles north on MA 8/Cheshire Road, and turn left onto Center St./Park St. In 0.3 mile, turn right onto Hoosac St., and then take an immediate right onto Depot St.

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50 Things To Do On The Trail

.thoSometimes keeping spirits up and minds occupied is more exhausting than hiking. These games and activities will help you and your children stay engaged and interested out on the trail. Keep scrolling for all 50!

50 Things To Do On The Trail

  1. Follow the leader – Always a classic, use your imagination to spice it up!
  2. Sing – Any old song will do. Some of our favorites are call & response style; anything Ella Jenkins – check out Jambo & Get Moving.
  3. Bring binoculars, field guides, magnifying glasses.
  4. Appoint “Park Rangers” to help keep trail clear and safe.
  5. Create a scavenger hunt list – this can be done on the fly with general nature items or in advance and more specific to each trail, depending on your level of ambition. For a free hunt printable, click here. To shop our Nature Hunt Inserts & Nature Boards, click here
  6. Play I Spy – Make it more challenging by adding rules like, “pick something that shares your first initial.”
  7. Build a cairn.
  8. If there’s a bridge, play Poohsticks.
  9. Tag blazes or trail markers to “Power Up” when energy lags and a mental boost is needed.
  10. Tell a story or a create a Pass Along” story – Use a pinecone, stick, or acorn to “pass along.”
  11. Allow collecting* – We are always reinforcing Leave No Trace” and earth stewardship, but experiential learning in nature is also valuable. Sometimes just let them take those pinecones home. Use your judgement. This article from the founder of HikeItBaby helped us find balance.
  12. On flats & fields, have a race or play “catch me.”
  13. Measure a tree, try to calculate its age.
  14. Make a bark rubbing.
  15. Listen to a tree, 10 different ways.
  16. Look for mammal tracks, signs, and scat
  17. Stand or sit still for 1 minute, just listening – Setting a timer can help “challenge” fidgety kiddo.
  18. Roll down a hill!
  19. Start a nature notebook or sketchbook – Record your findings and observations.
  20. Hunt for mosses and lichens
  21. Practice wayfinding using a compass
  22. Skip stones.
  23. Use nature to forecast the weather.
  24. Look for catkins – Springtime activity, take your allergy meds!
  25. Learn to identify trees by leaves or bark.
  26. Hunt for woodpecker trees.
  27. Pick some flowers for pressing
  28. Look for squirrel dreys – Another Springtime activity.
  29. Learn to identify different birdsong and calls.
  30. Take a closer look in a pond by pond dipping.
  31. Collect frogs eggs, grow and release – Before collecting from any old pond, be sure to research legalities or contact your local environmental agency. Protected areas need to be left alone.
  32. Have a snail race.
  33. Dig for earthworms.
  34. Find a birds nest – Take photos, sketch or log your findings but do not disturb nests you find!
  35. Collect caterpillars, Watch Lifecycle, and Release – Follow the same principles as frog egg collecting. Be sure to release in the same area you collected from!
  36. Learn to identify butterflies
  37. Take a closer look at an ant colony
  38. Lay down on your back & stare at the sky – Imagine shapes in the clouds!
  39. Collect bird feathers.
  40. ABC game – Starting with “A” identify something in your surroundings that starts with that letter. See if you can make it to “Z”!
  41. Hug a Tree!
  42. Animal Walking – Taking turns, the leader chooses an animal and mimics how they’d “walk,” and everyone else follows suit.
  43. Bring sketchbook & colored pencils – Watercolors if you’re brave.
  44. Rainbow hunt game – Beginning with red, identify objects in your surroundings that match the colors in a rainbow.
  45. Senses Hunt game – Find something you can See, Hear, Touch, Smell, & Taste (bring a snack!).
  46. Geocaching
  47. Paint & Hide Rocks
  48. Bring disposable cameras – Let your child have full reign in what they choose to photograph. Makes for much more fun
  49. Poetry On the Go – Someone starts an easy 1st line like, “I really love to take a walk…” the next person continues with another rhyme, and so on.
  50. “When You Hear…”game – Choose a trigger sound such as a bird chirp. Line up single file while walking. Whenever the trigger sound is heard, the1st person in line has to run to the back. Great for group hikes!

Have any tried and true games or activities you do on the trail? We’d love to hear from you! Share with us in the comments!

 

*These are hotly debated subjects in the Leave No Trace world.

Maple Seed Dragonflies


Helicopters, whirlybirds, twisters, propellers, or whirligigs – whatever you call the seeds of the maple tree, they are a source of fun no matter your age. The scientific term for these flying wonders is samara. 

We have so much fun flying these outdoors! After seeing an Instagram post from one of my favorite accounts @natureplaymothers, I had to try it out!

You’ll need some helicopter seeds and small sticks from the outdoors. The rest of the materials are variable to what you have around the house:

  • Maple leaf seeds (any variety)
  • Small sticks or twigs 2-3 inches work best (we used two larger sticks to make our mobile)
  • String (we alternated from kitchen twine to hemp cording)
  • Scissors
  • Glue (we – and by that I mean ME – used a hot glue gun but a tacky glue would work, drying time would be longer)
  • Toothpick (or anything pointy) for pressing wing into glue
  • Monofilament fishing line (for mobile)

Begin by collecting your materials. Plug in hot glue gun (if using). Let the kids snap the twigs down to size and separate seed pairs. Place a small bead of glue on the back side of a stick and place seed point into glue. Press down with toothpick or some pointy thing (avoid sticking your finger into molten hot glue…it hurts.) The tails are delicate but luckily there’s no shortage if they rip! Place another bead of glue on top of the first seed kernel and glue another wing on the opposite side. Repeat with another set of wings 1/4 inch below. Let dry.

You certainly could stop here if you wanted. The string adds a little more texture, durability, and helps to cover up the glue. Starting at the back, hold the end of your string between both sets of wings. Wrap the string around the front and crisscross it between the wings. Once it is to your liking, you can tie it off, or as we did – cut the string and hot glue it to the back.

https://video.wixstatic.com/video/3087f9_3f7435c31629429d8ab4d7238cf1d789/1080p/mp4/file.mp4

Wrapping the string is a great activity for fine-motor practice and concentration. Perfect for our 6-year old still struggling to tie his shoes. I made plenty of dragonflies so our 3-year old could wrap and destroy to her heart’s content, but she was more interested in the sticks.


You can leave your dragonflies as is or tie them on a bit of clear fishing line to create a flying effect. We left a few loose for Lego superhero transportation, but we had so many, turned the rest into a mobile! Using two larger sticks, we crossed them in an “X” shape, and wrapped them with more string. We tied them at two different heights. It came out so fun!

https://video.wixstatic.com/video/3087f9_968a0e8cd8444c889f9e2972bc35b7d2/1080p/mp4/file.mp4


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Indoor Nature Connection: Day 7

Do bugs shelter in place?

You better bee-lieve it!

Their reasons may be a little different than ours but they too need a safe nook to nest and hibernate.

We can help our insect pals by building them a bug hotel.

Hang it in your garden or backyard, just don’t expect any rent!


Materials

Clean Tin Can (Be careful! Make sure there are no sharp edges.)

3 Toilet Paper Tubes

Sticks, lots of sticks

Scissors

String

Take your toilet paper tubes and fit them snugly into the tin can.

This will form the structure for your sticks to fit into.

Measure the height of your sticks to the top of the tin can and break off the excess.

Keep breaking down sticks until you have a good sized pile.

The sticks and twigs don’t need to be all the exact same length. It won’t hurt that some are a touch bigger or smaller.

Now fit the sticks into the toilet paper tubes. Keep adding sticks until they are snug, but not too tight that they cannot move at all.

We doubled wrapped some string around the can and ta-da!

A staycation home fit for a queen…bee!

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