Nativica celebrates Earth Day 2017 with a Day of Climate Change Service

Nativica Earth Day Poster 2017Earth Day is on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  Heidi Hansen is offering a FREE poster (shown above, 8 x 10) printed on heavy paper and signed and numbered, if you will do one hour of hard labor in and for the earth on that day.

Just email or call me with your plan and goal for that day, do it, and call or email me back with a short report, and I’ll send you this Nativica poster, free of charge.

Join me this coming week for a Nativica Spring Art Woodswalk, here at this site, where I will put up a spring collection of the NorthWest native plants you will encounter as you take a long woodswalk in April and May.  Thanks, and see you soon!


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p.s. If you would like to purchase a Nativica poster, just use this Paypal button here with a major credit or debit card for $14.99 and I will mail you a signed Nativica Earth Day 2017 commemorative print as shown above  Thanks!

— And you can reach Heidi at (360) 892-5218, or email at  dog.hotel.hansen@gmail.com.  Take a walk through her mental health advocacy site at http://www.heidihansenadvocacy.wordpress.com, for mental health tips and art!

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A Poem For You by Mary Oliver

The Summer Day
by Mary Oliver
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean–
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down–
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?

The Summer Day by Mary Oliver
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean–
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down–
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?
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This poem was written by the great poet Mary Oliver. http://maryoliver.beacon.org/
Outside my window where my computer and art table is situated, a shaft of hot bright spring sunlight is blasting off the misty gray lead of winter-spring and its quiet ruminations which have circled in on themselves.
It is time  —  it beguiles me –  to get out there and slog through the muddy grasses with a puppy who has not yet experienced spring and all its accordant smells and vapors and attitudes and surprise adventures and stunning dismay.
Well, off we go now, to put on our shlomping shoes,  and attend to our wild and precious life.
Thank you for this poem, Mary Oliver. http://maryoliver.beacon.org/
–Heidi Hansen

Welcome to Nativica

 

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In honor of my late father, who built up the largest native plant nursery in the North West, and to educate and inspire young students in protecting and enjoying our natural environments, I have created this 22″ x 22″ poster called, “Nativica.”  It features 30 native North West plants, animals and ecosystems for students to identify, and a fictional story of a young woodswalker who saves the day.

For a 22″ x 22″ Nativica poster for your home or classroom, pay $45.00 via my paypal.com account, — major credit or debit cards — with a bit extra for postage, and you’ll get your poster in about a week to 10 days.

Learning questions for exploring this poster, “Nativica” — as a learning platform about our NW native plants, animals and habitats.

  1.  Where is the Scrub Jay?  What native NW tree provide it’s main meals?
  2.  Where is the Paper Birch tree?  How can it be used as paper?
  3.  Where is the Quaking Aspen, and how did it get that name?
  4.  Where is our native NW squirrel, and what is it called?  How is it similar to the Scrub Jay?
  5.  Where is the Red Osier Dogwood plant, and its roots?  How does the root system help the salmon?
  6.   Where is the native strawberry, and ginger plants?  Why are they called ‘ground covers,’ and why do they grow close to river banks?
  7.  What are two ways of identifying our native trees?
  8.  Where is Western Red Cedar, and why is it called ‘red?’ What is one important use of this tree in native peoples’ history and why?
  9.  Where is the Garry (White) Oak tree?
  10. What does it take to be a WoodsWalker, like the boy in this painting? What is he holding in his hand?
  11.  What is the puppy looking at?  How does that amphibian help us know the health of an ecosystem?
  12.  Where is the Trillium?  Where are the ants?  How do ants and Trilliums help each other out?  Can you name the parts of a trillium and is it fact or fiction that it will die if you pick the top off?
  13.  How can planting with native NW plants help our area cope with climate change?
  14.  How do native plants reduce your carbon footprint on the planet?

Can you identify the main three features of each of these special habitats?

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How many of these native NW plants can you name and say a bit about the habitat they like to grow in?

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