Wild Sun Catchers

Wild Sun Catchers: Plants of the Peninsula Monthly Workshops for Kids and Families!

 

This is a collaboration with Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Blue Hill Public Library, and Community Friends.

 

BLOG POST: Sumac in January Workshop 

 

Updates:

Since the pandemic we have switched over to video format for these workshops instead of in person gathering at the Blue Hill Public Library. Other community partners have joined us to share their knowledge with us and often their are three or more of us sharing on each video! The videos offer ways to celebrate, cook, craft, identify, learn about, and engage with the Plant of the Month! See our videos from the past below, with more coming soon.

NEW ADDITION TO Wild Sun Catcher VIDEOS! We are excited to announce that starting in September, 2020 we will be offering CRAFT KITS with materials to make the craft or project demonstrated in the video. Register with Claire at Blue Hill Public Library: claire.malina@bhpl.net,  if you would like a kit!

 

VIDEO LINKS and Program Descriptions

 

WILD VIOLETS -MAY: Join Landere Naisbitt from Blue Hill Heritage Trust and Claire Malina from the Blue Hill Library for an online workshop on wild violets. Landere will teach kids and families about the natural history and folklore of wild violets, and where to find and identify them. She will also demonstrate how to make candied violets. Claire will share information about plant illustrating and a Maine botanist. Don’t miss the special puppet performance by Merrie Eley of “The Violet” by Suzanne Down. Wild Sun Catchers is a monthly program for kids and families that celebrates the wild plants of the Blue Hill Peninsula, with focus on a different plant each month.

WATCH VIDEO HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

DANDELIONS – JUNE: Welcome to Wild Sun Catchers Online! Join Landere Naisbitt from Blue Hill Heritage Trust and Claire Malina from the Blue Hill Library for an online workshop on dandelions. Landere will teach kids and families about dandelions, how to identify and where to find them. She will share some recipes you can try at home and demonstrate how to make dandelion tea. Claire will share information about dandelions from the book “Ubiquitous : Poetry & Science About Nature’s Survivors” by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Beckie Prange. She will demonstrate how to make a nature journal and some fun ways to decorate it. Wild Sun Catchers is a monthly program for kids and families that celebrates the wild plants of the Blue Hill Peninsula, with focus on a different plant each month. It is a collaboration between Blue Hill Heritage Trust and the Blue Hill Library.

WATCH VIDEO HERE

 

 

 

WHITE PINE – JUNE bonus: Landere will teach kids and families about white pine, how to identify them and a song! She will demonstrate how to make white pine tea. Claire will share nature journal prompts and show how to make natural paintbrushes. We are joined by Hannah and Colby from Way of the Earth School (https://wayoftheearth.com) and they will demonstrate how to make a pine bark basket! The song shared is “The Pine Tree Song” by River Jones from a book called “The Children’s Forest” by Dawn Casey, Anna Richardson, and Helen d’Ascoli. Landere shares from “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

WATCH VIDEO HERE

 

 

 

 

ST JOHNS WORT – JULY: Welcome to Wild Sun Catchers Online! Join Landere Naisbitt from Blue Hill Heritage Trust and Claire Malina from the Blue Hill Library for an online workshop on St. John’s Wort. Landere will teach kids and families about folklore and history of this incredible plant. Claire will demonstrate how to press and preserve the flowers. We are joined by Brighid Doherty of Solidago School of Herbalism on Deer Isle and she will demonstrate how to make a tincture with St. John’s Wort. Wild Sun Catchers is a monthly program for kids and families that celebrates the wild plants of the Blue Hill Peninsula, with focus on a different plant each month. It is a collaboration between Blue Hill Heritage Trust and the Blue Hill Library.

WATCH VIDEO HERE

 

 

 

LOW BUSH BLUEBERRIES AND POLLINATORS – AUGUST: Join Landere Naisbitt from Blue Hill Heritage Trust and Claire Malina from the Blue Hill Library for an online workshop on lowbush blueberries. This month, we will also be learning about the pollinators that make these plants and fruit possible! Anna Wind from Magic Food Bus will demonstrate how to make a delicious smoothie and share a recipe for participants to try at home. We will be joined by another special guest, Alec Witham, who will teach participants about bees and give a tour of a local beehive. Wild Sun Catchers is a monthly program for kids and families that celebrates the wild plants of the Blue Hill Peninsula, with focus on a different plant each month. This program is free and is co-sponsored by the library and Blue Hill Heritage Trust.

WATCH VIDEO HERE

 

 

 

RED OAK TREE AND ACORNS – September: Join Landere Naisbitt from Blue Hill Heritage Trust and Claire Malina from the Blue Hill Library for an online workshop on oak trees. Landere will discuss the ecology of oak trees and read a poem as well as demonstrate how to make an acorn doll. Special guest Merrie will share an acorn puppet story, “The Acorn.” Wild Sun Catchers is a monthly program for kids and families that celebrates the wild plants of the Blue Hill Peninsula, with focus on a different plant each month. This program is free and is co-sponsored by the library and Blue Hill Heritage Trust. For more information, email Claire at claire.malina@bhpl.net.

WATCH VIDEO HERE

 

 

 

 

WILD CRANBERRIES – October

Join Landere Naisbitt from Blue Hill Heritage Trust and Claire Malina from the Blue Hill Library for an online workshop on cranberries. This month, we are joined by local business co-owner Kipp Quinby from Red Bog, an organic cranberry bog in Sedgwick. Kipp will teach participants about bogs and cranberries! There are two fun crafts this month: cranberry printing with Claire and dyeing cloth with Landere.

WATCH VIDEO HERE

 


Bonus:

STORY: Three-Red-Witches-and-the-Cranberry-Bog-5.pdf

CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS: Three Red Witches and the Cranberry Bog-5

 

 

ASTERS – November 

Join Landere Naisbitt from Blue Hill Heritage Trust and Claire Malina from the Blue Hill Library for an online workshop on asters. Come learn about their ecology, native seed collecting and planting outdoor nurseries.De
This month, register at Blue Hill Public Library to reserve a kit with the materials needed for the project demonstrated in the video. Kits are free and will be available at the library starting Mon. Nov. 23 but registration is required for each participant and can be completed using the library calendar or by calling the library at 374-5515.

WATCH VIDEO HERE

 

 

 

 

 

WREATH MAKING – December

Kids and their families are invited to join Landere Naisbitt from Blue Hill Heritage Trust and Claire Malina from the Blue Hill Library for an online workshop about making your own wreath. Blue Hill Heritage Trust invites you to collect greens for your wreath from any of their trails, as long as it will not be for commercial use. The Surry Forest is a great location to harvest many of the following greens: cedar, balsam, pine, spruce, etc. Participants may enjoy decorating their wreath with pine cones, winterberries, sea shells, and more!

WATCH VIDEO HERE

 

 

 

 

BALSAM FIR – January

Join Landere Naisbitt from Blue Hill Heritage Trust and Claire Malina from the Blue Hill Library for an online workshop on balsam fir. Participants will learn how to identify balsam fir trees and their ecology, followed by a demonstration of two fun projects, making sachets and decorating wood cookies (cross sectional slices of small trees) that can be made into ornaments or necklaces. Claire will also teach participants a fun song to help with the identification of trees.

WATCH VIDEO HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEAWEED: February

Join Landere Naisbitt from Blue Hill Heritage Trust and Claire Malina from the Blue Hill Library for an online workshop on seaweed. This month, we will have two special guests! Kipp Quinby is back to teach about different types of seaweed found in the Blue Hill area. She also will be demonstrating a fun project of pressing seaweed onto paper to make a print or card. Local business owner of Atlantic Holdfast, Micah Woodcock, will share information about seaweed and some delicious recipes.

WATCH VIDEO HERE

BONUS STORY: The-Fairy-and-the-Seaweed-Garden.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

RED AND SUGAR MAPLE – March

Join Landere Naisbitt from Blue Hill Heritage Trust and Claire Malina from the Blue Hill Library for an online workshop on maple trees. We will be focusing primarily on Red and Sugar Maple trees. Landere will demonstrate how to tap maple trees for sap. This month, we will be joined by special guest Tim Laflam, who will share how to boil sap to make maple syrup!

 

WATCH VIDEO HERE

BONUS: Sugaring Handout by Tim Laflam

 

 

 

 

HORSETAILS: April

Join Landere Naisbitt from Blue Hill Heritage Trust and Claire Malina from the Blue Hill Library for an online workshop on horsetails.  Landere will discuss the ecology of horsetails, how to identify and where to find them.  She’ll also demonstrated a fun craft of making necklaces or decorations with horsetails.  We will also be joined by Hannah and Colby of Way of the Earth School.  They will share uses of this plant and how to harvest it for tea.

 

WATCH VIDEO HERE