August 9, 2018

Congratulations to Nadia, age 7, who is a winner of the 2018 Wike Baby "I Love the Outdoors" Children's Writing Contest!  

Favorite Season

My favorite season is Spring because I found a toad and garden snake.  You can find the same things if you look very very hard.  You will also see a salamander.  A salamander looks like a small lizard.  A salamander is born in the water but lives on land.  When I go hiking, I like to look for salamanders and foxes.  I also like to write about all the animals I saw when I get home from the trail.  I LOVE Spring!!!

See the rest of the winning entries here!...

August 9, 2018

Congratulations to Elinor, age 12, who is the first place winner of the 2018 Wike Baby "I Love the Outdoors" Children's Writing Contest!  Her fictional story is based on her favorite special outdoor place, which is real. 

Elinor answered a few questions about her piece and what makes her a great writer.  Read her interview before sinking your teeth into her story!

Wike Baby: What real place inspired this story?

Elinor: The real place that inspired my story was actually my backyard. There was a piece of property covered in trees behind my house. They were cut down, and a house was built in it's place, but unfortunately, un...

July 26, 2018

What are the hikes with the best views/destinations in the greater Boston area? Please tell me! 

I’m always on the hunt for a good hike destination.  Hiking to the top of a peak for a great view, like Great Blue Hill, or to a spectacular lake, like Mills Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, there’s nothing like getting your sweat on, heart rate rising, working hard for a worthwhile payoff.

That’s why I was really excited when Widowmaker Brewing prepared to open adjacent to my favorite hiking area in the greater Boston area, Blue Hills Reservation.  A unique hiking destination!  I began planning my hiking route.

If y...

July 19, 2018

“Wild is tiny and fragile and sweet-baby new. It pushes through cracks and crannies and steals back forgotten places.” 

Megan Wagner Lloyd

(from the children’s book Finding Wild)

Don’t you just love a good story about how an abandoned lot became a community garden or how an endangered animal made a come back? 

This is the tale of Quincy Quarries Reservation, once a flurry of human activity and now an historic preservation site where nature is creeping back.  Quincy itself is full of history: it’s called “The City of Presidents” because John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and John Hancock (President of the Second Continental Congre...

July 11, 2018

If you’re someone who believes in the magic of childhood—either preserving it for your children or reigniting it for yourself-- and you find yourself in the greater Boston area, I encourage you to leave your messy house and embark on an adventure in Needham Town Forest to find the hidden model train tracks called Martini Junction.

June 28, 2018

UPDATE: The contest is closed.  Please see the contest winners here

Let's get our children outside a TON this summer... and also reading and writing for fun! 

Presenting... our first ever children's writing contest! The winning pieces will be shared on the blog.  See the poster and details below.

Special thank you to Blue Bunny Books and Toys and Mass Audubon's Trailside Museum for providing prizes.  These spots are Wike Baby favorites that are definitely worth visiting.

Please share this with all the children ages 5-12 in your life! 

Contest Details:

  1. Children ages 5-12 are eligible to enter the contest.  Text mu...

June 21, 2018

As I researched about composting in order to start my own family's composting journey, today's guest blogger really inspired me.  Kristi Caggiano is a design consultant specializing in low-water use hummingbird and butterfly gardens, Smartscape Certified, Arizona Certified Landscape Professional (ALCA), member of Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs, and a Master Gardener Volunteer. You can find her on Instagram @miraclehavengarden and @rebelcompost. Learn about her new book FAIL-PROOF COMPOSTING at here

IF the word “compost” makes you roll your eyes and grimace - trust me! I feel your pain. For nearly a decade I tried to ma...

June 20, 2018

If you're looking for children's books about composting, you have come to the right place. 

I'm obsessed with children's books!  I have a collection that won't fit on the shelves in my house, and I'm always eager to share a favorite children's book with a friend-- child or adult.  I've already promised that any learning activities I post will be high quality, and this promise extends to literature. 

Here's my current list of composting favorites, which can be used for a variety of reasons:

  • When you start composting at home or at school

  • Teaching children about composting

  • When you start using a compo...

June 15, 2018

While I usually review children's books, here is one for the adults!  I've been telling everyone I meet about this book, so I figured it's finally time I tell you, too.  Happy reading!

If winter and spring kept you inside more than you’d like, you will love the inspiring and insightful book There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather by Linda Akeson McGurk.  In this book, Swedish-born McGurk reflects on her six month trip back to Sweden with her American-raised children, analytically comparing childhood in the two countries.  The result is a truly optimistic read for parents concerned about screen time, over-testing, over-sche...

June 7, 2018

It may not seem like it, but there’s so much that even the littlest of children can do in nature. Children are never too young to begin appreciating nature nor too young to reap the benefits of spending time outdoors. Simple things like watching a bird fly through the sky nurture a baby’s development and begin fostering a love for nature. Use this list to help you answer the question: “What can nature play look like for my baby?” Find where your child falls developmentally (regardless of the age listed), and read about what you can do to support his development during nature play.

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Wike: (v) to walk or hike; (n) a walk or hike, usually used when referring to a short hike or long walk in nature.

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