Sustaining Support for Rebuilding Haiti Right

By Joanna Pritchard Flourish magazine, Fall 2010 In April I watched a Haitian boy lay on his belly on an improvised surfboard, paddling it through the turquoise Caribbean waters, the perfect way to cool off on a blazing hot day. The boy had … [Read more...]

Nature Observation Walk

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] Gather a small group of folks from your church and head out for some backyard eco-tourism! A nature observation … [Read more...]

Three Fun Ideas for a Nature Hike with Kids (or Grownups)

[Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] Usually, heading out to the woods or creek to mess around with children is plenty of fun without any special planning. … [Read more...]

Composting 101: Learning about God’s Original Recycling System

[Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] A compost system is essential for your sustainable yard, one which produces little waste and requires few inputs from outside.  It … [Read more...]

Get Ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count

[Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays.] Calling citizen scientists! Next week, February 12 -15 2010, there's a fun and easy opportunity for your family to … [Read more...]

Plan Your Wildlife Habitat

Part 3 of Lines in Winter: Mapping Your Patch of God’s Green Earth [Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] Last week, in Part 2, we focused on food, and … [Read more...]

A Garden Plan for Food and Wildlife

Part 2 of Lines in Winter: Mapping Your Patch of God's Green Earth [Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] Gardening for food and wildlife helps bring us close to … [Read more...]

Lines in Winter: Map Your Patch of God’s Green Earth

Toddler with butterfly

[Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] Swallowtail butterflies, purple coneflowers, cherry tomatoes, blueberry stains on a toddler's chin. Seems like a world away at this … [Read more...]

Winter Backyard Birding Part 2

Field guide & bird list

[Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] Go deeper: identify your guests and get to know them Once you've set up some backyard birdfeeders as described in Part 1, go … [Read more...]

Feed the Birds in the Bleak Midwinter

by Joanna Pritchard [Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays.] Seeds, berries and insects are scarce in winter. Birds flock to feeders for a welcome meal, especially … [Read more...]

Make Scottish Shortbread – to Give or Enjoy With Family

by Joanna Pritchard [Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays.] There’s some part of any baking recipe that children of any age can really get into, in addition to … [Read more...]

Ditch the Stores and Get Outdoors!

by Joanna Pritchard [Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] Winter may be around the corner, but there’s no need to hibernate. Fall and winter landscapes have … [Read more...]

Playing with Leaves and Sticks

by Joanna Pritchard [Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] Did someone paint these leaves? Take a close look at the rainbows on this page. They are composed of … [Read more...]