The Washington DC Metro area is filled with opportunities to connect with one of our most important resources- Water!   As mentioned in my latest article for Washington Parent Magazine, River Keeping: Hands on Ways to Protect and Enjoy the Watershed, there are many ways for families to get involved.  Two upcoming events include, 1)H2O [...]

June’s issue of Washington Parent Magazine features my lastest article on a unique opportunity for connecting kids to nature and their past. Dinosaur Park provides information on the fossil rich “Dinosaur Alley” of Maryland and the Washington DC area and opportunities for kids to discover evidence of our earliest native plants and animals. The Dinosaur [...]

Gardens Grow Minds: Schools as Green Educator Author Mary Quattlebaum’s new article discusses value of school gardens and highlights a native plant pollinator garden I have had worked on. Mary’s new book is Jo MacDonald Had a Garden is a lovely book for young children to sing along with. Dawn Publications has many books that [...]

Hands on Heritage -Exploring Community Museums is my new article, in February’s Washington Parent Magazine. It features 3 community based museums with interactive family activities that take you back in time while exploring the cultures of local residents. Plan family outings to each of these museums located in Great Falls, VA, Anacostia/Southeast, DC and Sandy [...]

Less need for cold frames for your winter lettuce crop? Tomatoes and eggplants fresh from the garden to your Thanksgiving table? These are only a few of the changes local gardeners have noticed over the last several years convincing them climate change is upon us. In fact, suspicions were confirmed last Wednesday, January 25, 2012, [...]

June 30th, 2011

The Enchanted Backyard

A favorite part of parenting has been watching children discover and explore the world around them. It is an invitation to step out of our daily routines, see our surroundings with new eyes and reclaim a sense of wonder. For ideas in creating discovery areas in your own backyard check out my latest article on [...]

February 3rd, 2011

New Year New Enterprises

  Kirsten Quigley and Cristina Bourelly co founders Lunchskins Reflecting back on life experiences, one can often discover common threads resurfacing, such as an interest, value or skill that brings joy and fullfillment.  Following these threads can help you weave your own tapestry of authenticity.   As life is a journey, it may take some miles on the road to identify the [...]

October 1st, 2010

Crafting Community

We give a lot to our kids, but I am often in awe that because of them we get so many unexpected blessings in return.  Often we grow from their sharing their  unique spirit with us, but also our lives are enriched by the new experiences and people they bring into our lives. My new article in Washington [...]

Yesterday afternoon I had the opportunity to attend Governor and First Lady O’Malley’s Buy Local Cookout at their residence Maryland’s Government House.  This event officially kicked-off Maryland’s “Buy Local Challenge” week, which encourages Marylanders to incorporate at least one locally-grown, produced or harvested product into their meals each day.  The best part of the cookout was [...]

Enjoy my new article in Washington Parent Magazine about families DC, MD and VA eating fresh and local.  Below are some additional tips for families. Create Traditions  Plan seasonal family outings to explore new local food sources in the Chesapeake Region, local farms, dairies, orchards.  Call ahead to confirm hours and availability. See  or [...]

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