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February 8, 2013

Weekend Nature Challenge: Explore Your Neighborhood

by Melissa Harding

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Where the Sidewalk Ends
Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, the mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

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This weekend is going to be a warm one in Pittsburgh. In fact, it is going to be pretty pleasant weather in many parts of the world. Wherever you are, we would like to challenge you to take the next few days to explore your neighborhood with your child. Look for plants, bugs, birds, and people; bend down and appreciate your child’s view of the world. There is more nature in one city block than you might think, so take a second and look for it. You might be surprised at what has been there all along.

What is the most exciting piece of nature that you have seen in your neighborhood? What new things did you discover with your child? Tell us in the comments below.

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The above photo was taken and is copyrighted by Molly Steinwald.

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