Meet Monika Wood: Resident Naturalist at Bluebird Trail Farm

monika-wood-bluebird-trail-farm-birdhouses1Monika Wood has been teaching and developing programs at Bluebird Trail Farm for several years. As a trained and experienced environmental educator, Monika shares her love for birding and nature with children and adults from diverse backgrounds and abilities. Whether leading interpretive bird walks and migration activities, or exploring animal habitats, Monika’s genuine passion and respect for nature energizes and empowers her students.

Monika’s enthusiasm reaches across diverse groups: the Fresh Air kids from the
Bronx are challenged to identify five bird calls; the Girl Scout daisies build and install an Eastern Bluebird box, and a group of challenging teenagers is taught
how to use binoculars correctly; summer camp children build nests from natural materials and learn how to correctly monitor a bluebird trail.

In addition, Monika organizes community events on the farm such as “Welcome Back Bobolinks” and the “Wonderful World of Birds.” These events allow community members to visit Bluebird Trail Farm for a day of bird walks, activities and fun.

Monika also writes curriculum for our Young Naturalists Program, researches current environmental topics, and creates lessons that encourage children to connect with nature while being good stewards of the earth. She regularly attends classes, special events and workshops that expand and enhance her knowledge of birding, conservation, and the environment.

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Upcoming Workshops

(See Full Descriptions Below)

  • Nature Journals
  • Garden For WildLife
  • Make Your Own Paper
  • Wildlife Flower Identification and Fun
  • Create A Terrarium
  • Make A Garden Stepping Stone
  • Fireflies

Workshop Descriptions

INTRODUCTION TO NATURE JOURNALING (For Ages 10 and up)
Connecting to Nature through drawing, observation and outdoor exploration. We’ll look at different types of journals, learn what to include in your entries, how to observe and draw what you see. Then we’ll head into the field for our first journal entries.

DATE (S):
June 8th, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00pm
July 6th, 2017 from 9:00am – 12:00pm
September 16th, 2017 from 9:00am – 12:00pm


GARDEN FOR WILDLIFE
Want to attract more wildlife to your yard? Learn how to improve habitat by providing food, water and shelter. (We will learn which native plants provide nectar, seeds and fruits for birds, butterflies and honey bees.) We will plant native
plants for food, built a brush pile and create a "toad abode" for safe cover for small animals, and build a simple bird bath or bird feeder.

DATE (S):
June 27th, 2017 from 9:00am – 12:00pm


MAKE YOUR OWN PAPER
Don’t throw away that old newspaper and wrapping paper. Turn it into a piece of art! Using a blender and some screens, we’ll create beautiful new paper. We’ll add some leaves and dried flowers to give our creation some extra flair.


WILDFLOWER IDENTIFICATION AND FUN
Walk through our meadow and learn to identify the wildflowers. Create a small journal with them and a pretty craft to take home.

DATE (S):
July 18th, 2017 from 9:00am – 12:00pm
August 1st, 2017 from 9:00am – 12:00pm


CREATE A TERRARIUM
Collect all the materials needed to make your own terrarium then design it and take it home.

DATE (S):
May 13th, 2017 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm
August 22nd, 2017 from 9:00am – 12:00pm


MAKE A GARDEN STEPPING STONE
Collect materials from nature, or bring some of your own, and design a stepping stone. You will use a mold and cement to create a lasting keepsake for your garden.

DATE (S):
June 3rd, 2017 from 9:00am – 12:00pm


BUILD A BIRDHOUSE
Construct a bluebird house out of wood to take home. Learn about the eastern bluebird’s habitat, range and diet. Hike the bluebird trail and observe bluebirds, tree swallows and other native birds. We will learn their calls, identify nests and learn ways to encourage the bluebird population in our area.

DATE (S)
April 22nd, 2017 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm


FIREFLIES WORKSHOP
There is nothing like the magic of the twinkling of fireflies on a warm summer’s evening. Find out how and why these little beetles blink in the night. We will try to catch some, make our own lightning bug to take home,listen to a firefly story and have fun by the fire roasting some marshmallows. Let your children spend an evening on the farm, while you enjoy a dinner out. We will explore the magic of lightning bugs and try to catch some. Children will make a twinkling firefly to take home, listen to a story and roast marshmallows in the fire.

DATE (S)
June 16th, 2017 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm
July 28th, 2017 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm


TREES ARE AMAZING
Come to the farm and discover all the different varieties of trees in our region. You will learn identification techniques, sample some of the products trees give us, and learn how to choose a location to plant a tree. We will plant several trees, and you will take one home in a pot!

DATE (S):
August 29th, 2017 from 9:00am – 12:00pm