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Backyard Adventures

Fun mini-expeditions right in your own backyard. Inspiration to help students and parents become modern-day argonauts.


Butterfly Ballot Boxes

Character Creation Contest

The Make-A-Book Project begins at Parker Woods Montessori I’m excited to announce that the new book will be about the monarch butterfly, which is truly one of the most amazing animals (insects are animals, too) on the planet. The monarch butterfly migrates from Canada to Mexico. It takes 4 generations to fly there and back.… Continue Reading


International Space Station over Earth the pale blue dot.

Spot the International Space Station

Here is an easy backyard adventure that have done 3 times already. You can easily spot the International Space Station flying overhead. Nasa will send you an email with a time and place when the International Space Station (ISS) will be overhead. It looks a lot like a fast airplane. The timing will be down to the exact minute, so it is very easy to spot. I even used a pair of binoculars that got at Goodwill.


Lumenocity

Cincinnati’s Lumenocity is a classical music performance by the symphony, which uses lasers to illuminate the Music Hall building with animations.


Rain Barrel

Rain Barrel

This rain barrel took me about 2 hours to install and cost only $50 USD. The next day there was a huge rainstorm and it filled up in about 10 minutes.


Jumping jacks on a frozen lake

Here’s another item to add to your bucket list. Walking on top of a frozen lake is a simple and fun adventure many people can do near their home.


Grow grass not food sign for front lawn

Grow Food NOT Grass

What better way to have a backyard adventure than to grow a garden? Here is my new “Grow Food NOT Grass” sign that I made using a wood burner, a nice piece of walnut and some scraps. This goes with the terraced garden that I built in the spring. Actually, this is the front lawn,… Continue Reading


Classroom composting

Illustration of the new children’s book has begun at the Waukesha STEM Academy charter school. Above one of 18 art classes is working on their drawings for “Ruby the Red Worm’s Dirty Job”.


Father and Son Launch iPhone Into Space

Backyard Adventures. Cool fun mini-expeditions helping students and parents become modern argonauts. Second in my series of Backyard Adventures is The Final Frontier.


Photo Safari

Backyard Adventures. ASSIGNMENT: Your adventure, should you choose to accept it, is to find something you’ve never seen before. You may need to think like you’ve never thought before. Search where you’ve never searched before.


Doubt you’re doubt

After cycling up the West Coast, and struggling with a worn out bicycle, including a cracked fork and broken front axle, and a worn out body, including creaky knees and a dislocated rib, I decided to recuperate at my family’s home in Waukesha, WI. My re-imagination of my book tour is going well.


The Lake Lagunitas Dirt Romp

Backyard Adventures By Jen Dalton “It’s not a party till something gets broken,” Jen said with a questioning tilt in her voice and a large smile. This after she’d jumped and skirted around far too many sharp rocks for my very bald tires to handle. Kirk was visibly exasperated, sweat pouring down his forehead in… Continue Reading


Dalton’s Backyard Adventures

By Jen Dalton Six Rivers National Forest Jen and friends take off riding their road bikes along challenging paths and taking on whatever comes their way. June 1, 2000 Exploring My New Home Jen sets out to explore her new “hood”, the nooks and crannies of San Anselmo. June 6, 2000 The Lake Lagunitas Dirt… Continue Reading


Exploring My New Home

Backyard Adventure By Jen Dalton Read more of Dalton’s Backyard Adventures By Jen Dalton The landscape of my backyard changed this week. For quite a time, the backyard was a mass of paved hills lining Twin Peaks in San Francisco. Hopping on my bike, Poppy Jr. and heading out for a spin involved a trip… Continue Reading


Six Rivers National Forest

Backyard Adventure By Jen Dalton Jen glides along a straight-away – wondering if the guys will ever catch up. Read more of Dalton’s Backyard Adventures By Jen Dalton Many adventures require months of planning, gathering and saving; others take no planning at all and begin in your own backyard. Our friends, Mike and Bill, invited… Continue Reading


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