female tiger swallowtail on joe-pye weed

How the Tiger Changed Its Stripes

Tiger swallowtails are among the most recognizable of our local butterflies, maybe second only to monarchs. There are two reasons for this. First, with their large size and prominent pattern, their appearance is pretty unmistakable. And second, tiger swallowtails are…

CWPD Summer Bingo Card

Park Bingo

Are you looking for an easy outdoor activity to enjoy as summer winds down? Gather your family and friends for a game of nature Bingo in your parks! Print out these cards, drive or walk to a CWPD park, and…

Hummingbird drinking from a red flower by David Goldstein

Tricks of the Pollination Trade

In most plants, offspring grow from seeds. Flowers are a plant’s mechanism for producing those seeds. To do so, flowers must fertilize the female reproductive cells (ovules), located within the pistil, with male reproductive cells, contained in pollen produced by…

Queen Snake by David Goldstein

Queen of the Creek

You may be familiar with the phrase “a snake in the grass,” an unflattering term for a sneaky person. In the CWPD parks, though, you are just as likely to encounter a snake in the bush, or a snake in…