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Nature Detectives text with a wood sign that say Leave No Trace How to Become Good Stewards or Guardians of Nature - We know that many of you love being outdoors and exploring the parks and wild places of Boulder County and beyond. We know you love to be in nature! Nature looks tough, but it is a delicate ecosystem. It can suffer if we aren’t responsible. So, how do we make sure that we coexist harmoniously […]
Nature Detectives logo with a beaver sitting on a dam Watershed! - Can you answer this stumper question? Where do you live? Hint: The answer is not your home address, but it is the same answer for everyone on earth, even though we live in different places. Hint: The answer is not “planet earth.” Hint: The answer has to do with water. Answer: You, I, and everyone […]
Nature Detectives logo with a mountain lion Mountain Lions – The BIG Cats of Boulder County - Mountain lions are mammals with many names — they are called cougar, puma, or panther in our region. Their scientific name is Puma concolor (concolor = one color). Their coloring is tan-light brown with whitish throat, belly, and inner legs. The tip of the tail, around their nose, and back of their ears are black. […]
Nature Detectives logo with a hand-drawn illustration of a pea pod. Please Pass the Peas!  - What’s a Pea? Everyone knows that! It’s a round green thing you stab with a fork or balance on a spoon and eat. But did you know that a pea is also a bean? What? It’s All in the Name Peas and beans are actually like first cousins in the same family. Their family name […]
Nature Detectives logo with a caterpillar and bee What’s the Big Deal about Pollination? - It is summertime! Something natural and important is happening everywhere… and you may not even notice. We’re talking about pollination and pollinators- big words and a big deal. Pollination affects everyone and everywhere- not just Boulder County, but the entire planet! Pollination is how flowering plants reproduce, spread, and make new seeds and fruit. Plants […]
Nature Detectives logo with plants Native Plants Wake Up! - Here they come! Have you ever–after a winter night’s sound sleep– poked your head out from under the bedcovers into the morning light? If yes, you can understand the wild seed. After the dark night of winter underground, the tiny plant is now feeling its way out of its seed coat…up through the moist soil…stretching […]
Nature Detectives Winter Who lives out there in the Snow? - Winter is here in Boulder County, the temperatures have dropped, and you’re probably wearing boots, a coat, cap, and mittens some days to stay dry and warm. What about the wildlife you see in the winter? What happens to them? What do they do to manage the cold season? Unlike animals like bears, ground squirrels […]
Nature Detectives Corn A-maize-ing Corn - Hello Everyone! I’m a corn plant in a corn garden and I’ll be your corn guide for this Nature Detectives pullout! What’s a corn garden? A block of corn plants all growing together in someone’s backyard or an empty lot or at a community center. All corn plants like to grow up together–the more the […]
Nature Detectives Hummingbirds Hummingbirds Are In a Hurry! - With wings softly whirring, the broad-tailed hummingbird hovered, dipping her narrow bill into the red base of a sugar water feeder. She licked the sweet liquid, flicking her tongue in and out 13 times in just a second! The shrill buzzing of an incoming male broad-tail cut her meal short. Quickly she flew sideways then […]
Nature Detectives: Black Bear Cubs' First Year Black Bear Cubs’ First Year - Cocoa and Ted Are Born in the Den The two black bear cubs were born at the end of January during hibernation. Bear cubs are born amazingly small compared to the adult female bears they snuggle against. Ted and Cocoa each weighed about as much as an orange while their mom was close to 150 […]


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