Plants

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Are you looking for something to do with your kids? Being out in nature, sharing open space with all the plants and animals that live there, can help to entertain the whole family.

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WINTERBERRY, Ilex verticillata

November
Winterberry grows to be six to 10 feet high. You will find winterberry in both wet and dry soils in woodlands, swamps, bogs and along the edges of ponds. Winterberry has bright green oval leaves and purplish-green young branches.

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Aster

September
ASTERS have star-shaped flower heads. There are many different kinds of aster and most of them bloom in late summer or early fall. A common aster of woods and thickets is heart-leaved aster,

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CARDINAL FLOWER, Lobelia cardinalis

August
Cardinal flower is a striking plant standing two to five feet tall. It has scarlet petals the color of a cardinal’s robe. The flower is a long tube with two lobed lips and protruding stamens.

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LITTLE WOOD SATYR, Megisto cymela

June
At the woodland edge, near meadows and fields, look for the little wood satyr, which is a member of the brushfoot family of butterflies. Its brown wings span about one and a quarter inches,

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SPICEBUSH, Lindera benzoin

April
Spicebush is a fairly common large shrub in the understory near streams and in lowlands. Spicebush grows slowly, reaching up to 10 feet high and two to eight feet wide.

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SHADBUSH, Amelanchier canadensis

April
Shadbush is a multi-stemmed, vase-shaped shrub, the smallest of the many serviceberry species, which grows to be 10 to 20 feet high and five to 10 feet wide. Shadbush is also called thicket shadbush,

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FERNS IN THE SNOW

January
Unlikely as it may seem, some ferns are easy to find despite a several-inch blanket of snow. Most ferns emerge in April, grow spores under their fronds in the summer,

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