From our sanctuary to yours...



In this season of change, it's more important than ever to focus on the miraculous. Italy’s Venice canals are free of garbage and debris, revealing crystal clear water; the birds have returned to Wuhan, sharing long forgotten songs; families explore hiking trails; children pull old bikes from garages, & pets relish in all the attention they're getting at home. 


In this very real new "normal", I am reminded of our own backyard adventures when the swing set would become a ship, pines would be climbed to the top, and budding gardens offered daily treasures to my little ones. Hosing off muddy boots and recovering jackets that littered the yard were some of the spring chores I dreaded but now, miss the most.

Each week, we'll be bringing a new theme straight to your inbox to help you and yours celebrate the miraculous. This week, we introduce "Backyard Exploration". Our sincere wish is that you will be captivated by the laughter the wind carries, that your gardens present more treasures than you can count, and that whatever adventure your backyard holds - may it be one you tuck into your heart for a lifetime.

Jenny Hubbard


Kids, we got you covered!

The sanctuary's naturalist & educator, Mr. "T",  introduces iNaturalist & Seek

Learn how to help conservation efforts in your own backyard just by tracking your finds! And if you're planning a trip to the CVH Animal Sanctuary property (open dawn until dusk), you can add your sanctuary observations to our iNaturalist page.



Mr. "T" has a maple blossom mystery for you to solve!

Calling all nature sleuths! Hmmmm...something is strange in the forest. Maple blossoms from the tops of trees are mysteriously littering the forest floor...can you guess why? Let's solve it together!



CVH Animal Sanctuary DIY - KITE BUILDING

Looking for a fun & easy project to do at home? 

Make a kite from scratch and let it soar!


 Animals, we got you covered!


 Environment, we got you covered!

While you're out enjoying nature, how about giving wildlife a hand? Picking up litter like fishing wire & hooks, balloons and other debris not only makes the environment more beautiful but can actually save the lives of countless wild animals and birds. Just remember to wear gloves and wash your hands thoroughly after touching!

 Inspiration, we got you covered!

"And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed."

— Kitty O'MearaAnd The People Stayed Home