This resource was created by Joanne Vogel and Kate Reilly.
January is the perfect time for new outdoor adventures and a refreshed sense of learning and discovery of our natural world. Need some inspiration to get started?
Thanks to the PreK to Grade 2 students at Weston Elementary School in Manville, New Jersey for sending along words to describe their visions of a winter experience at Duke Farms:
- Peaceful and calm
- Green… but also snowy
- Cold and “brrrr” - so be active!
- Glistening, glimmering, and bright
- And most importantly - happy.
If you are still making the decision to go outside to explore, the winter world awaits your curiosity.
Yellow-bellied sapsucker - when you hear this name, what comes to mind? Do you imagine a cartoonish fictional creature? It might surprise you, but the yellow-bellied sapsucker is a real bird. Not only are sapsuckers very real, but they're also keystone species in forest ecosystems. This means sapsuckers play a huge role in providing food and shelter for other species that share their habitat. The yellow-bellied sapsucker is a small woodpecker, found in forests where they excavate cavities in snags and dead tree limbs. Sapsuckers get their name from their practice of boring holes into the bark of living trees in order to access the nutrient-rich sap that runs up and down the trunk.