Monthly Trivia Answer

This month's answer is D, Mormon Tea! Mormon Tea has cones just like pine trees, but grows very differently. It grows as a low shrub instead of a tall woody tree.

This plant gets it name because Mormon pioneer's used it to make an herbal tea on their journey west. This plant was also used by indigenous peoples as a cure for a variety of diseases. Mormon Tea is also called Ephedra, and it has a Chinese relative that is widely used to help with asthma and other breathing problems. Mormon Tea doesn't contain the same chemicals as its Chinese relative, but it can help a little with asthma. 

So, maybe this year you should bring some Ephedra into your home and decorate it with tinsel and ornaments instead of that non-native Fraser Fir.  

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Craft of the Month

Nature Weaving Tree Topper

We are already bringing a tree into our living room, so why not go all the way? This is a great way for kids to contribute to the decorations, and it adds to any rustic decoration theme. These decorations are perfect for any house, and are completely free!  

For full instructions follow this link.  

Looking for something fun to do outside? Below you'll find some helpful tips for Bird watching, a list of fun activities to do outside, and more!

Go Outside & Play


Look for animal tracks in the mud
Count the number of butterflies you see
Take a walk and try to identify the birds in your area
Go to the Duck Pond and practice your best duck call
Study the bark of a tree with a magnifying glass and see what might be living inside the tree
Go outside and sit quietly, listen for animal sounds
Flip over rocks and search for lizards
Practice Backyard Birding


Make nature art with things you found in your backyard
Do Sibley Nature Center's Scavenger Hunt
Find five leaves that are different colors or shapes
Make a leaf print using rocks & paint
Plant a seed and watch it grow
Play in the dirt! Make mud pies!


Visit the Fiddle Sticks Farms
Learn how to use a compass
Explore a local park or the Sibley Nature Center
Take a bike ride on the Sibley Nature Center Trails
Make an outdoor resort for all your toys
Play I SPY using only clues that describe nature