Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Index: Miscellaneous Musings on the Natural Capital

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Index: Posts about Environmental Issues on the Natural Capital

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Index: Posts about Kids and Nature on the Natural Capital

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Index: Posts about Wild Edibles on the Natural Capital

Foraging for food in the wild is a great way to connect with nature, as long as you do it safely (always be 100 percent sure of your identification of the plant), legally (most local parks do not allow the removal of any plant material), and sustainably (never take more than a small portion of any plant or plant population in one area). You don't have to go far: most yards and roadsides are harboring great salad greens and other edible plants!

If you're interested in learning more, check out our walks looking for wild edibles in the Washington, DC region.

Greens
Bittercress

Fruits
Grapes
Mulberries 
Passionflower (maypops)
Pawpaws
Persimmons
Serviceberries (juneberries)
Wineberries

Nuts
Acorns
Black Walnuts

Fungi
Chantarelles
Chicken of the Woods
Morels
Oyster Mushrooms
Rock tripe

Edible Flowers
Jewelweed
Milkweed
Tuliptree nectar

Spices, Teas, Etc.
Maple syrup
Ramps (wild leeks)
Spicebush: flowers, berries 
Sumac

Index: Posts about Astronomy, Geology, and Other Phenomena at the Natural Capital

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Index: Posts about Fungi on the Natural Capital

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Index: Posts about Plants on the Natural Capital

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Index: Posts about Places Reachable by Public Transportation


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Index: Places to Go on a Rainy Day

Sometimes, it's just not a good day to go for a walk. So we thought we'd do some posts on things to do when it's raining -- or just too hot or cold to be outdoors all day. Here's what we've done so far...leave us a comment if you have an idea for more posts!

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Index: Posts about Places to Go, by Activity

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Index: Posts About Places to Go on the Natural Capital

Public Campgrounds Near Washington, DC
Places to Swim Near Washington, DC
Places to Rent Canoes and Kayaks Near Washington, DC
Nature Centers in the DC Area
Planetariums in the DC Area

Washington, DC
Rock Creek Park (Car-free)
Rock Creek Park: Boundary Bridge-Riley Spring Bridge Loop (Car-free)
Glover Archbold Park (Car-free)
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (Car-free)
Fort Dupont and the Fort Circle Parks (Car-free)
National Arboretum (Car-free)
The National Aquarium (Rainy Day)
The U.S. Botanical Garden (Rainy Day)
Museum of Natural History (Rainy Day)

Montgomery County
Great Falls
Billy Goat Section A
Billy Goat Section B
Billy Goat Section C
C&O Canal (Car-free)
Stay in a Lockhouse (C&O Canal)
Angler's Inn to Great Falls at Sunset (C&O Canal)
McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area (C&O Canal)
Wheaton Regional Park
Northwest Branch (Car-Free)

Prince George's County
Jug Bay Natural Area
Lake Artemesia (Car-Free)
Greenbelt Park (Car-Free)
Northwest Branch (Car-Free)

Fairfax County
Great Falls
Turkey Run Park
Scott's Run Nature Preserve
Huntley Meadows

Arlington County
Roosevelt Island (Car-free)

Fauquier County
Thompson Wildlife Management Area

Index: Posts About Animals on the Natural Capital

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Index: Posts About Nature Awareness on the Natural Capital

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