The Fields of Winter
Children’s Meeting House Montessori School is blessed with a variety of habitat for students to explore, learn, and gather joy in all seasons, but winter months in the surrounding fields of our campus are gorgeous to see and experience. Look for remnants of the growing season on the tall stalks of Goldenrod bulging with insect galls, egg-shaped Teasel flower heads, and striking-but-small sepal arrangements on Tall Ironweed. Tracks of White-Tailed Deer, Eastern Cottontail Rabbit, and Meadow Vole show us the activity of mammals browsing for food and cover. Near the field edges, one finds frosty textured purple canes of Blackberries and high up on tree branches are numerous left-over leafy summer homes of the Eastern Gray Squirrel. A glance overhead can bring sightings of flocks of Cedar Waxwing, a Great Blue Heron heading to a surrounding pond or stream, or even a majestic solitary Northern Harrier Hawk as it hunts for prey .
Ralph Waldo Emerson wonderfully sums up seasonal joys in the natural world as he stated, “To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.”
~ Veronica Brannen, CMH Naturalist