Byline: By KATIE KOERTEN

Arachnophobia is defined by Merriam-Webster as “pathological fear or loathing of arachnids and especially spiders.” But in my experience, this fear...

Last November I wrote an article for this column about the color blue in nature: how rare it is, and how difficult it is for nature to even produce...

I’m a really big fan of color. When people ask me what my favorite color is, I explain, “Well, I have different categories of favorite colors.”The...

Even if you love winter like me, you’re probably also heartened by the signs of spring that will be popping up soon. Skunk cabbage flowers are...

Earth Matters: An inside look at a loon

10/31/20

During my stint as a bird rehabilitation intern in Vermont years ago, we had some memorable moments.Once, someone brought in a juvenile bald eagle...

Every now and then I experience something that gives me so much hope for what humans can do to address climate change, pollution and environmental...

After years of dabbling in gardening, I still don’t consider myself a gardener. I don’t have a lot of free time to devote to weeding and landscape...

Recently the Hitchcock Center hosted an eye-opening talk called “Balanced and Barefoot” by Angela Hanscom, author of a recent book by the same name...

Earth Matters: Sharing nature on Instagram

10/22/18

I’m about as cynical about social media as anyone. I spend too many hours of my life on the Internet and I feel icky about it. Any benefits I get —...

Recently I’ve been doing engineering and design workshops with third-graders. At the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, w e’re known for our...

As an environmental educator at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, I do most of my work outside. Until our recent move to our new “living...

In 2012, I attended a conference at which Oberlin College professor David Orr spoke of “life in a greenhouse world.” One thing we’ll need to do, he...



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