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Springtime Myths and Traditions

Posted on 20. Mar, 2014 by .

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March 20th is the vernal equinox and marks the first day of spring. This and the autumnal equinox, on September 22nd, are the only two days of the year when day and night are almost exactly the same length. On March 20-21 and September 22-23 the sun shines directly on the equator which is why […]

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Six More Weeks of Winter?

Posted on 08. Feb, 2014 by .

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On February 2nd,  in  Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania,  the famous weather-forecasting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, came out of his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob. Thousands of faithful followers were there to watch as he was awakened from his winter nap. He looked around, saw his shadow, and went back to bed. According to legend, this means there will be another six weeks of winter. Here in Tahoe, it […]

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Late Winter in Tahoe?

Posted on 31. Jan, 2014 by .

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  After a long wait, snow is finally falling in the Tahoe basin. According to the weather geek, http://www.tahoeloco.com/weather-geek we got 10-14 inches of new snow!! It is exciting to look out the window and see the trees blanketed in snow. Even so,  the snow pack is still only at 14% of normal.  http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Snowing-in-Tahoe-As-2nd-Snow-Survey-to-take-place-242753321.html This Sunday is Ground Hog […]

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Nature Songs for Children

Posted on 29. Jan, 2014 by .

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News for the New Year: * Our toe-tapping tunes “Don’t Feed Our Bears” and “On the Trail” are now available in MP3 format at www.littlebearbooks.net * Our beautifully illustrated book/CD sets “Don’t Feed Our Bears” & “On the Trail” are now available for sale at The League to Save Lake Tahoe. Stop by 2608 Lake […]

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First Snowfall in Tahoe

First Snowfall in Tahoe

Posted on 23. Oct, 2012 by .

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Who flipped the switch? Overnight, the season changed from fall to winter. One day, we were admiring the beautiful fall colors; the next day, school was cancelled and we were shoveling a half foot of snow. Good thing we picked the last of the carrots from our backyard garden. Time to put away the shorts […]

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Please don’t pick the wildflowers!

Please don’t pick the wildflowers!

Posted on 13. Aug, 2012 by .

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“The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson The flower is the part of the plant that produces seeds and therefore, more flowers. If everyone picked wildflowers, there would not be more wildflowers for us all to enjoy. In a fun, interactive manner, our sing-along story, “On the Trail”, teaches the importance of not picking […]

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Benefits of laughter

Posted on 12. Jul, 2012 by .

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“Children’s laughter is the magic of the world.” –T. Biggs, Jr. According to urban legend, children laugh on average 300-400 times a day while adults laugh on average 15 times a day. Whether this is true or not, laughter has been shown to reduce stress hormones, release endorphins that can relieve some physical pain and […]

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Nature stories for kids

Nature stories for kids

Posted on 06. Jul, 2012 by .

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At Little Bear Books we use inspiration from nature to create interactive sing-along stories for kids. Our book/CD sets, “On The Trail” and “In The Meadow (Don’t Feed our Bears)” entertain, educate, and inspire children to respect and appreciate the natural world. Here’s what people are saying about our products: “Congratulations on a special gift […]

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Tips for Hiking With Kids

Tips for Hiking With Kids

Posted on 18. Jun, 2012 by .

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Hiking Tip #!: Keep it fun! Hiking is a fun way to introduce kids to the outdoors and instill a lifelong love of nature. Here are some tips on how to make family hikes a positive experience for everyone. Turn your hike into an adventure! Keep kids actively engaged exploring, observing, and discovering new things on […]

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Bear in Washoe Meadows State Park

Bear in Washoe Meadows State Park

Posted on 09. Oct, 2010 by .

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My walks in the Washoe Meadows State Park are always an inspiration. Bear encounters like this one are especially exciting. When we startled this bear on the trail I was lucky to have my camera handy. I’m not sure who was more scared – me or the bear! This shot is included in my trail card […]

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