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NatureZen notecards are back!

NatureZen notecards are back!

It’s time once again to send the beauty of the Old Forest to a friend! As a holiday gift to yourself or a loved one, pre-order a set of notecards featuring six of our favorite photos from the past year of our NatureZen series. For

NatureZen: All Eyes on Me

NatureZen: All Eyes on Me

words and photos by Melissa McMasters One of the things that fascinates me most as a naturalist is the ways animals have evolved their appearances over time to suit some specific purpose. Last summer, we explored how moths camouflage themselves to blend perfectly into their

NatureZen: The Dragonfly Olympics

NatureZen: The Dragonfly Olympics

words and photos by Melissa McMasters A few weeks ago, I participated in a global community-science project called the Odolympics, named for Odonata, the taxonomic order containing dragonflies and damselflies. Like the Great Backyard Bird Count or a BioBlitz, the Odolympics harnesses the time and energy of

NatureZen: Happy Bee Day to You

NatureZen: Happy Bee Day to You

Words and photos by Melissa McMasters Today is World Bee Day, an international effort to convey the importance of bees to our food systems and to the diversity of life on our planet. One of every three bites of food we eat is dependent on

NatureZen: The Elusive Indigo Bunting

NatureZen: The Elusive Indigo Bunting

Today’s guest post is by Steve Adelman, a writer who is an up-and-coming outdoorsman after living the majority of his life in major cities. He can be found most Sunday mornings at Overton Park with his wife, Michele, and their dog, Milton.  I had never

NatureZen: Connecting Our Hearts to Nature

NatureZen: Connecting Our Hearts to Nature

In part one of our Earth Day series, Melissa shared how naming what she sees in nature helped her develop a deep connection to conservation. In part two, Fields offers another way of connecting, one that centers the joyful experience of being a part of

NatureZen: How A Name Can Spark a Connection

NatureZen: How A Name Can Spark a Connection

Today people around the world celebrate Earth Day, an observation created in 1970 to show global support for protecting the environment. As supporters of Overton Park Conservancy, we know that you feel a deep connection to environmental protection. In a two-part #NatureZen, Melissa and Fields

#NatureZen: Spring Firsts

#NatureZen: Spring Firsts

The last week has been full of somber anniversaries and memories of when the world shut down. It’s been a year of loss, sacrifice, too much isolation (or too much togetherness!), and reorientation. It’s been a year to find solace in nature, and we’re so