Junior Reporters weigh in on nature

Editor’s Note: This is the second week of our Junior Reporter program. Students throughout McPherson participated, submitting articles on “All Things Nature”. We decided to let their work stand on its own with no editing. All of the Junior Reporters are doing a fabulous job. We will post the week three assignment on Wednesday. 

Arbor Day Poster Contest 2019

By Jasmyn Evans

Mrs Johnson said to our 5th grade class ¨There is an arbor day poster contest coming up, you make a poster and we send it in to Mcpherson County tree board and they judge the posters. The winner of the poster contest wins their whole 5th grade class a ride on the trolly to Lakeside Park to plant a tree¨. I thought to myself ¨I guess I could try it¨. By the end of the day I had an idea of what my poster would be about. As soon as I got home I started working on my poster. When I finally finished it looked really good, I was very confident with my work. When I saw my classmates posters the next day I kind of doubted myself. Adelyn Barrow’s poster looked like it would be hard to beat. Her poster was amazing. But in the end all my work paid off because I had won the Arbor Day poster contest. On the day of the field trip our class got on the trolly and we were headed to Lakeside Park. When we got there they told us a little bit about the tree we were going to plant. The tree was called a Ginkgo tree. When we started to plant the tree, the tree board had us all participate in filling our hole back up with dirt, we all got in a line and took our turn filling it up. After we finished planting we all ate our lunch on the picnic tables at Lakeside and got to play in the park. When we were all finished Mrs Johnson’s 5th grade class got back on the trolly and headed back to Eisenhower Elementary School. The poster is now hanging in the city hall along with past years winners.

 The Great Wonders of Nature 

By Addysen Patrick 

Have you ever thought about how much time you spend on a screen? Is the amount of time spent on that screen about the same amount of time you spend in nature, probably not. Even with stressful things happening in our lives we have to manage our time wisely, but part of that time should definitely be spent doing something in nature. There is so much to experience in the great world of nature and so much to learn. 

There are so many things to do in nature here in McPherson County that we may not even realize it!  My favorite thing in nature each year is to watch the grass turn green and the flowers bloom. During the last couple of weeks, due to the large volume of rain, our grass has turned very green. Flowers have started to bloom as well, and are a wonderful sight with their colors. There are so many types of flowers such as daisys, tulips, roses and so much more but my favorite flower is probably the sunflower. There are many more things to do in nature here in McPherson as well, such as walking on a trail, exploring the parks, or even exploring your own backyard! 

How do you feel when you are outside in nature?  Are you surrounded by the weather, the wind, the rain, the sun, or are you shown the beauty of the green grass and the trees? For me when I am outside in nature, I am shown everything! I am pulled into nature by the Kansas breeze that brings you outdoors. I am shown the beauty of the green grass each spring, and the brightness of the sun, but most of all I love seeing all the beautiful flowers. I absolutely love the feeling of being surrounded by nature and all of it’s wonders. When I am in the great outdoors I enjoy hanging out with my siblings, and playing games, but my favorite things to do are going on adventures in nature and exploring nature. 

If I had to survive in the great outdoors I definitely would! Even if things were stressful at times, I could always look on the bright side. For me being outside is wonderful and living outside couldn’t be too hard. To live outside I would make shelter for myself and be sure I found food and a reliable water source. If I got to that point, I would improve my shelter to keep rain out of my shelter but also gather the rainwater to drink. Living in the great outdoors would definitely not be the easiest thing I have done but it most definitely is not impossible. 

My favorite flower is the Sunflower, because I live in Kansas. The state flower is the Sunflower and over the last 11 years I have learned quite a bit about the Sunflower. Sunflowers are very unique and these beautiful plants are natives to North America. Sunflowers are able to track the sun, and its rays using a behavior called heliotropism, they follow the sun by facing east in the morning and moving with it throughout the day. The world’s tallest sunflower measures to be 30 feet and 1 in tall. 

Have you thought about how much time you spend in nature? Possibly, but is it as much time as you spend on a screen weekly?  I would say probably not. After listening to so many of nature’s wonders hopefully you are willing to look up from your screen and see the beautiful wonders of nature all around you. I talked about the many wonders of nature from, watching the grass turn green each spring to unique facts about sunflowers. Now hop off that screen and go explore the world of nature, weather that means watching the grass turn green or exploring a trail! 


By Aurelia Potter

Nature is pretty in all but my favorite thing in nature are the flowers. To me flowers are so pretty and they look so elegant. My favorite thing about them is that there are so many flowers with different colors. 

My favorite flowers are the violet, carnation and the orchid. I like all these flowers because of their patterns and their colors. The violet is a small petaled deep purple flower that has black and white dots in the middle of it. The carnation is also a small petaled red and orange flower. The orchid is a medium sized flower that comes in a lot of different colors.

I like the four seasons but my favorite season is spring. The reason I like spring so much is because that’s when all the flowers start to pop up and when the trees start to bloom and when the birds come out and chirp in the morning.


 By Theodore Moody 

Intro. What things do you do to help protect nature? If I wanted to protect nature I would start by not littering. which means leaving the place cleaner then you found it. That helps a lot, another thing is not stepping on plants. When you step on a plant it bends the plant and stunts their growth or could even kill the plant. Now I know that all of you would be upset if there were no plants and just pollution and dead things in the world. Think about it we have to protect nature or it would be a sad world and people would die without plants and trees.it is important to have a beautiful environment is good for mental health.

And why is it important to you? Because I like spending time outside and playing basketball taking walks with my family and spending time with my friends and from the rocky mountains to the flat grassy planes I’m a nature person. 

 I could survive in the great outdoors  I am very resorsfull and can use my surroundings and if I was in danger I’m good at not panicking. So I could asses the situation and prepare for what to do next. 

Now I will tell you about the Methuselah tree one of the oldest trees. This tree is interesting to me, it is over 5000 years old, looks really cool, and supposedly has a curse. Now I can’t find anything about the curse but I did find this. Thanks to Atlas Obscura,  Once thought to be the oldest living tree in the world, Methuselah was germinated before the Egyptian Pyramids were built. Named, obviously, after the Biblical figure that lived for 969 years, the Methuselah Tree grows in the Methuselah Grove, which is in Inyo National Forest’s “Forest of Ancients,” where it is surrounded by other ancient trees. The exact location of the tree, though, is kept secret to protect it against vandalism. 

All Things Nature

By Tyler Green-DeRome

My favorite place to experience nature is the park. It has alot of trees, and even has a bulldog sculpture ,made out of a tree stump.

I feel happy and enjoy as much time as I can, when in nature. If I was planning a nature scavenger hunt, I would want to find pinecones.

I would not be able to survive in the great outdoors though, because I can’t sleep without a fan. I would be scared of all the wild animals too.

A piece of nature is Iguazu Falls. The type of tree I like alot is the redwood tree. The specific trail I would choose would be the continental divide trail.

The things I do to help nature, are clean the leaves, twigs, and trash up. It is very important to me, because I want to keep nature beautiful. 

My Mushroom Adventure

By Kayden Friesen

On Thursday my mom,  my brother and I went foraging for morel mushrooms.  We had to ride our bikes to get to where we were going.  We brought a bag to put the mushrooms in. It was not that long of a ride to get to where we were going.  When we got there we left our bikes by the road and we went past the fence and started to walk to a stream to find mushrooms.

When we got to the stream we tried to get to the other side but there was too much water running to get over , so we stayed on the side we were on.  We started to walk on the edge of the stream to find mushrooms. When we were walking we saw a rotting cottonwood tree.

We walked around for a while and did not find any mushrooms but we did find a tire that was green with moss.  After that we went back to where we tried to get across the stream and saw a log going across the stream, so we crawled across the log to get to the other side.  When we got to the other side we walked into some trees that were tiny and it felt weird because all of the trees were small. After that we went back across the log.

When we got to the other side of the log we started to go back to the road. While walking back I looked down and I saw a Texas license plate.  I picked it up and started to walk again. When we got back to the road we got back on our bikes to ride home.

The nature of Coronado and why we need to protect it

By Caleb Muehler

    My favorite place to experience nature in McPherson county is Coronado Heights.  Although it is Lindsborg not McPherson it is still a part of McPherson county. I often go to Coronado Heights with my family.  I have been there more times than I can count, and I enjoy being there so much almost every time. One of my favorite things about going to Coronado is being out in nature.  My favorite part about nature is the animals.

    Whenever I go I get to experience lots of nature, and there are many different types of plants and animals.  Last time I went to Coronado, my siblings and I were just walking around some of the big rocks there, and I found a snake.  

    There are also many different types of plants there, some of the plants there include all kinds of wildflowers, yucca, spiderwort, and  butterfly milkweed. There are many trails at Coronado, but the center attraction is the castle. The castle was constructed in 1932 by the Works Progress Administration.  The surrounding area that includes the stone benches, bathrooms, and stone front gate were also constructed by the Works Progress administration.  

   Coronado Heights is one of the places that I often find litter.  Whenever I see litter at Coronado or anywhere else I always try to find a trash can to put it in. I think that everyone else should have that type of mentality.  I think that because it is very important for nature to stay alive. Because if we don’t protect this society we will lose food, and clean water. Even if all you’re doing is just picking up trash at a park, that is very helpful. Although you most likely aren’t able to do that right now because of Covid-19.  You can still find a way to help nature. Not only will it harm us if we don’t clean up the world. It will also harm all kinds of animals that may accidentally eat or get stuck in plastic or other kinds of trash. That is why it is important to me to protect nature. I hope that it is also important to you to protect nature.

Jumping off giant sand hills!!!

 By: Cole Holm 

The way the little bit of fear rushes through your body. Frozen not knowing what to do. Get down or jump. Your friend is yelling jump jump! JUMP!!! Wondering if you risk getting hurt or having the best time of your life. 

One day, I went to my cousin’s grandfather’s house. My great grandfather owns a creek that runs close by it. My cousin and I love to walk through the creek, and it leads to giant sand hills. These sand hills go way back in my life to when I was five or six, and I love the sand hills. 

One day, we decided to go and jump off them. We went to the bottom of the hill and pushed the sand around so it was soft. Next, we both went to the top. At first, we just slid down to get used to it. Finally, we decided to jump. This time I let my cousin go first. He made a giant leap and screamed. Then I did the same as my cousin. I made a big leap and screamed as well. It was so much fun. 

I really enjoy jumping off these hills. There is nothing like the moment of fear that rushes through your body right before you leap. Then you land safely on the pile of soft sand at the bottom. I hope I can do it again soon. 

All Things Nature 

By Chloe Johnson

  • Where is your favorite place in McPherson County to experience nature: my backyard 
  • How do you feel when you are outside in nature?: enthusiastic and joyful
  • If you were planning a nature scavenger hunt what would you look for?: any type of animal
  • Could you survive in the great outdoors, how and why?: no, i am not an outdoorsy type of a person, i like going to a park or in my backyard that’s pretty much  it .
  • Research and tell us about one piece of nature, a type of tree, a specific nature trail, etc.?: Osage Nature Trail, this place is very close to McPherson, it seems very pretty and a good, and fun trail to go to.
  • What things do you do to help protect nature and why is it important to you? Recycle, it is important to me because that keeps our oceans safe and everything that lives in the oceans. I love animals and our oceans and I would like to make sure all ocean animals are safe.

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge

By Zane Sporleder

My favorite place to explore nature in McPherson County is Maxwell Wildlife Refuge. That is one of my favorite places to explore nature because they have fishing, alot of animals that you can see, and you can camp. One time I went fishing with my mom and it was my first time ever going there. I really enjoyed all the nature and everything that was there.

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge is located near Canton, KS. When you’re there you can fish, explore, get tours, camp, and see wild animals including bison and elk. If you get a tour you get to see the bison and elk up close, and you get to see the lake and wildlife around it. The observation tower is also a big attraction at Maxwell, which offers great views of the land and animals there.

I would reccomend going to Maxwell Wildlife Refuge because it’s a good place to explore nature, have fun, and experience the wild. 

Milkweed and Monarchs

By Hannah Brubaker

Did you know that Monarch butterflies are poisonous?  This is because when they are larva they eat a poisonous plant called milkweed.  The milkweed is important to the survival of the Monarch butterflies. My family has done some things to help the Monarchs.  

The milkweed is the only plant that Monarch butterflies will lay their eggs on.  It grows in the wild, but there is not enough. To help the Monarchs, we plant milkweed in our gardens.  One year, we also planted 80 milkweed plants at the McPherson Area Uplands and we watered them every 2-3 days.  

This is important to me because the Monarch butterfly species is threatened.  In order continue their population, they need milkweed to lay eggs on. Monarchs migrate each year.  If there is not enough milkweed between Mexico and Canada they can´t make the whole trip. It takes 5 generations of Monarch butterflies to complete the trip, so they need to reproduce along the way.  

 my experience on a permaculture farm 

By Hendrix Nelson

My whole life I’ve lived in Mcpherson County and my family has always been passionate about preserving  nature. I have lived on a 9 acre permaculture farm for nearly six years now. Since living here I have helped my dad plant over 300 trees and bushes for a polyculture orchard. Most of our plants are native to the area, which means lower maintenance and less inputs needed.

We have a wide range of plants from apple and pear trees to goumi and buffalo berries, to pecans and pawpaws. We care for many animals as well like dogs, bees, chickens and ducks. We also enjoy the untamed animals that live on the prairie like voles, western chorus frogs, hawks, orioles, coyotes, toads, snakes, and even bobcats. Diversity of life on our land is important because diversity means a thriving ecosystem.

Diversity is important to ecosystems because it increases their resilience and makes them more healthy and beautiful. When a species is removed from an ecosystem, the entire system is affected. An example of this is the reintroduction of the grey wolf into Yellowstone National Park. By the reentry of the wolves, there was a large chain effect and the whole landscape transformed. In fact Kansas was once home to many large species like the gray wolf, bison, and elk.

Humans are a part nature and what we do or do not do will have a lasting effect on the planet. We can help or hurt our natural habitat. We have a great opportunity to create a regenerative landscape that would benefit all living creatures. To quote a Chinese proverb “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

All things nature

By Addyson Carroll

Where is your favorite place in McPherson county to experience nature?

My backyard just because the only time I am outside for a long time is when I’m in my backyard.

How do you feel when you’re outside in nature?

I feel very energetic because I have lots of room to like run around and stuff. I also like seeing animals, but not like scary bugs or anything cause I don’t really like bugs that much.

If you were planning a nature scavenger hunt what would you look for?

I’d probably plan for them to look for flowers or like different types of trees. Maybe even insects like butterflies.

Could you survive in the outdoors, how and why?

I probably couldn’t survive cause I am not that good with survival instincts. I don’t even know how to start a fire!! Or do anything. I am also scared of some animals, so I’d probably just cry.

Research and tell us about one piece of nature, a type of tree, a specific nature trail, etc.?

I am researching about the giant leopard moth, the giant leopard moth has a wingspan of 3 inches. They are nocturnal, like almost all species of moths are. The giant leopard moth caterpillar is black with red stripes going vertical along the body and it’s a woolly bear type of caterpillar. The giant leopard moth is white with black spots all along its body. The top side of the moth is iridescent blue with orange markings, while the bottom of the moth is white with black dots. Its legs have black and white stripes going up its legs. The giant leopard moth can be found in meadows, in fields, and in forests. They can be seen in April through September.


What things do you do to help protect nature and why is it important to you?

I recycle all the plastic that I use, and I try my best to reuse plastic. It is important to me because I want to help the animals because animals eat the plastic or can even get stuck in plastic that we throw away. The ice caps are also melting due to us and I feel bad for the animals cause they have to deal with us.

All things nature 

By Ava Koehn

 I really like nature and spending time in nature. I love the fresh air and all the flowers and the other plants. All things nature are beautiful!

My favorite place to visit in Mcpherson county is definitely Coronado heights for sure I love it there. Me and my brothers like going down the path and exploring then going down to the cliff and looking down on the world it’s so much fun. I feel so free and adventurous when I am in nature and having lots of fun. Every year my best friends and I go on a camping trip in the same place. (our parents are best friends too) It’s amazing! We spend all our time in nature and exploring and playing games. Me and my family love hiking usually at Coronado heights or Maxwell. Nature is important to me because plants and animals are beautiful, and can be helpful in the environment. I help nature by using less plastic because it is not safe for animals.

Nature and keeping it clean and taking care of it is very important. I love all things nature. I hope to keep nature healthy and beautiful as always. 

What I feel like out in nature!

By Mercedez Taylor

When I am in nature I feel like nature can provide me with whatever I will need. I think nature is good to be around. Because people need fresh air every once in a while.

I love being around nature. I think nature is good. Because it can provide you with everything you will need.

I love nature. I think nature is better than video games. 

Nature is better if people do not throw trash in the ocean and on the ground.

ALL Things Nature

By:Dulce Martinez

.My favorite place to relax nature is the lake side park. because of the ducks, birds and squirrel.

.I feel relaxed, i don’t get stressed out, it helps me sleep, and I listen to it while I read.

.I would look for different types birds. And explore them. 

.Yes, I would have water and food. I wouldn’t destroy anything in nature. And If I live alone the animals and insect alone they will live me alone.

.The Sugar maple is one of our largest and finest forest trees, growing to a feet with a diameter of 2 or more feet. The tree produces a dense, round, compact crown when grown in the open and is used quite extensively as a shade or ornamental tree. The longevity is 200 to 300 yrs. The Height is 60 to 80 ft. the Range is eastern U.S. as far south as Tennessee

.Also this tree is on of my favorite Eastern redbud is a native, perennial, deciduous tree which grows 15 to 30 feet tall and spreads 15 to 25 feet. Older trees generally resemble a vase shape. Eastern redbud is found throughout the lower Great Plains and eastern United States.

My favorite trail is the meadowlark Trail in Mcpherson its really pretty and you can her the birds singing. Here are some facts about the Meadowlark Trail. The Length is 7.6 miles, it used to be a rail road track and some Trail activities is bike riding and walking. 

.When My mom and I go on a walk at the park sometimes theres trash so we get gloves and we pick up and we throw it in the trash or recycling ben. It is important to me because it helps my Community and nature because birds, ducks, fish, squirrels and insects can get killed or sick. And i don’t want to get animals and insect to get sick and killed. 


By Jonah Foster

Nature. Nature is beautiful, magnificent, majestic, but also about survival. Survival of the fittest also known as the food chain. Some people consider themselves at the top of the food chain when we are not. People also forget that there are animals below us, some suffering, some almost going extinct. But the outdoors is also a beautiful place and I’m going to tell you some things about it.

What does nature mean to me? Well to me nature is  beautiful, a place of survival but also of peace. When I think about nature or embrace nature what I feel is peace, but that gets overcome by sadness that some people don’t car5e about nature. 

I’m going to tell you about an endangered animal that we are trying to help. Two types of sea turtles are amongst the most endangered species in the world: the Hawksbill Turtle and the Leatherback Turtle In the past 100 years, the Hawksbill Turtle has lost 90 percent of its population, 80 percent of which has been lost in the past 10 years. As of 1996, the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)  classified it as a critically endangered species. The Leatherback turtle is listed by the IUCN as Vulnerable, yet many subpopulations are facing extinction. I’m also going to tell you some fascinating facts about them. The Hawksbill Turtle is one of the smallest species of turtle. It is characterized by a narrow, pointed beak and a beautiful patterned shell, and it inhabits the warm, tropical coastline waters of the world’s oceans – from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and Indian Ocean as well. The trade of this turtle shell is illegal in an effort to conserve the population. Despite this, the Hawksbill Turtle shell is still found in souvenirs and jewelry. In fact, it’s the most frequently confiscated illegal item by custom officials. The beautiful Hawksbill shell is tough and effectively protects them from predators. However, they still fall prey to sharks, crocodiles, octopus and the biggest predator of all, humans. Leatherback turtles are named for their shell, which is leather-like rather than hard, like other turtles. There is an organization called WWF (World WildLife Foundation). What they’re trying to do is reduce the number of turtle captures and are holding special conventions so they can get ideas on how to reduce or even stop the decline of sea turtles. Just like animals must learn to survive sometimes it’s necessary for us to learn those skills too.

Could I survive the outdoors how and why? The reason I could survive outdoors is I once was in a special program called royal rangers and in this program I learned all about survival of the wild. I learned important things like hunting, fire safety, how to make a fire, and how to tie knots. There was this one time when we had to build and make fire using only one match. It was fun but hard because the wind kept trying to blow out our fire. Unfortunately we stopped doing the program thus I didn’t get to learn everything I needed to know. It is important that we learn these things in case we get lost or go camping.

This was my report on nature, what it means to me, could I survive nature, and the animal I chose. The whole point of this report was that you understood that nature can be dangerous and we can be dangerous for nature. More people need to take care of nature otherwise someday it could severely cost us.I hope you learned something from this report and that it will make you look at nature a different way.

All Things Nature

By, Kaizer Kanitz


I will be telling you about what I like to do outside and where I like to be outside.  I love being outside it is so fun to play with your friends and family outside. I like to shoot baskets and play spikeball with my family and friends.  It is fun to hang out with your friends and walk around town.

I like to ride my bike around town with my family.  It is fun to go all over town with one of my friends when it is nice out.  It is so fun in summer to ride my bike to the pool with friends and just be outdoor all day when it is so nice out.  It feels so nice when there is a cool breeze on a hot summer day riding your bike around town.

The outside is so fun and I really love being outside.  It is so fun to hang out with your friends or even your family and go around town with that wonderful breeze.  I could live outside on a nice day because I love it so much the outdoors are just so great. I just love the outdoors because it is so nice outdoors and being by the animals. 

It is fun being outdoors with friends or family and playing different games with other people. 

All things nature

By Karsen Burris

My favorite place in McPherson is the parks. I like to go to the parks because I like hearing the birds chirp. 

When I’m outside in nature I feel relaxed.

 If I was playing a nature scavenger hunt I would look for certain leaves, different kinds of ducks and geese, turtles, and butterflies. 

I could survive in the outdoors if I had water somewhere to and somewhere to sleep. 

In Californias White Mountain range there is an old tree called Methuselah it is over 4,700 years old, it’s a bristlecone pine tree. 

I would pick up trash I see to help nature because animals live in nature and if people just keep littering then those animals could die. 

All Things Nature

By Brayden Senecal 

My favorite place in Mcpherson to see nature is Lakeside. When I go to Lakeside I love to go fishing and one time while I was fishing I was using bread as bait and caught a giant goldfish that was like 2x the size of my hand so I called my grandpa and he came and picked it up and put it in his backyard pond it lived for about 2 months. It makes me sad when I see trash in Lakeside. One time I caught a quarter sized baby red eared slider and I kept it because I had found it on the bank almost dead. I kept it for 6 months and then had to let it go because it was getting too big. When I go outside in nature I feel happy. If I made a nature scavenger hunt I would have people look for a mallard, a wood duck, red-eared slider, box turtle, cottonwood tree, pecan tree, and they must bring back 1 feather. I think I would be able to survive the outdoors because I went camping with my grandpa and we survived that. How I would survive is I would eat fish and then just boil water and that kills bacteria. A wood duck is a beautiful and unique duck thats has no close relatives except for manderin duck of eastern asia. the Wood Duck population declined seriously during the late 19th century because of hunting and loss of nesting sites. What I do to protect my nature is I go to the lake and pick up as much trash as I can. 

All things nature

By Charlie Barrow

The definition of nature is plants,animals, and the landscape, and other features and products of the earth like forests and oceans.Everything humans have needed to survive.was provided by the natural world around us: food, water, medicine, materials for shelter, and even natural cycles such as climate.

Some animals give us food. Like cows,pigs,deer,fish and chicken. Here are some ways to save nature Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Cut down on what you throw away. Volunteer for cleanups in your community. Conserve water. Use long lasting light bulbs. And plant a tree.

This is why we should save nature. Air pollution can cause respiratory diseases and cancer, among other problems and diseases. Water pollution can lead to typhoid, diarrheal diseases, and other water-related diseases. How do humans benefit the earth? Humans` affect the environment in positive and negative ways. Cutting down trees and littering have a negative effect on animals and plants. Protecting endangered species and cleaning lakes and seas has a positive effect on the environment.  

Everything I talked about was the definition of nature, different animals give food, some ways to save nature,why we should save nature and How humans benefited earth. How nature affects me. It affects me every time I go outside and when I fish,hunt and play sports. And the air i breathe. If there wasn’t nature on earth there would be nothing on earth. 

“All Things Nature”

By Crickett Halbmaier

Hi, my name is Crickett I am in 6th grade and my favorite sport is basketball. My mom told me to do this one because I love nature. I just recently went to Ohio, my brother, cousin and I spent almost every day playing outside for 2-3 hours. Since almost all of our plans like going to museums and parks were unavailable due to Covid-19. We either sat at home or played outside. My aunt thought it would be a good idea to do a scavenger hunt, I thought it was a great idea. We had to search for things like pine cones, types of leaves, types of treasure (random pop bottles). I eventually finished my brother and cousin didn’t, they just fought for an hour over a leaf. Overall, it was fun.

My favorite place in McPherson county is, Maxwell. 

I went to Maxwell a few days ago. It is my favorite place because there is a spillway, my dad, brother and I went down along the spillway and started fishing but my brother and I were playing in the prairie along the spillway. We brought our dog with us so it was even better she kept on chasing us. My dad didn’t catch any fish but it was still fun. And that is why Maxwell is my favorite place is McPherson county.

When I am in nature it can be very exciting, fun, and relaxing. 

I feel that when I go on a hike it can either be fun or calming depends on the hike. I went on a trail at Maxwell wildlife refuge, and it was calming I got to just look at all the flowers and the lake. Later then I went to a trail at Kanopolis and it was fun all of the hills, creeks, it was just such fun. So that is what I feel like when I go on hikes.

Nature, we could not live without it, it is what keeps us breathing it helps build shelters for us. It does everything for us. We need to keep nature healthy or we will die, we need to stop polluting its oxygen cause we are also polluting our oxygen. So we need to start using our brains and start taking care of this world, start reminding the people who are destroying this world that this is all we’re gonna get unless we change. “We are all a family”, now start taking care of it.

All Things Nature

By: Jayden Mari

My name is Jayden Mari. My family and I have been trying to get outside as much as we can during this time we are stuck ar home . My whole family is at home right now so going outside is important to stay healthy and happy so we dont drive each other crazy! My favorite part of being home right now is my dad brings me home maple donuts so I definitely need to get outside in nature to get some exerise.

  My favorite place in McPherson to experience nature is around Wall Park. We live by Wall Park so we like to go on walks and go to the parks around it. My second favorite place to experience nature is basketball courts because its my favorite sport. We live by a basketball court so me and my family go play basketball. They closed the playgrounds everwhere in McPherson yesterday so now we have  to find something else to do outside. Being outside in nature is important to my whole family because it makes us happy. 

If I were to plan a scavenger hunt I would look for animals . I love animals so it would be fun to walk around town and look for diffirent colored dogs, kinds of birds, a certain number of  squirrles, a rabbit, ducks and geese, and different colored cats. During the summer we might even be able to spot a fish or a turtle. 

Could I survive in the great outdoors? I would say no because I am an indoor person and I like to play video games. If I had to survive outdoors I would have to have water, food, tent, orange  juice, pillows and blankets, air mattress, bug spray, sunscreen if it is hot outside, and a flashlight. The most important thing is water and my phone with fully charged battery. 

I chose to research oak trees. Oak trees are one of the most loved trees in the world, and I found out that this is why. It’s a symbol of strength, morale, resistince, and knowledge. Oak trees can be many diffrent sizes. They can grow from diffrent heights from that start at forty feet to a full size tree that can be one hundred feet. Oak trees are all around us in McPherson.

What do I do to help protect nature in my community?  One thing my family and I do is pick up after ourselves, and never litter. When I see someone throw trash on the ground it makes me annoyed. Another thing that bothers me is when people dont clean up after their pets. We always pick up after our dog even at home.

I hope everybody can get outside and explore nature. These are things my family and I will still do even though we cant be around other people. We can  play football in our backyard. And we can also enjoy grilling because the weather is getting nice. I hope you enjoyed my essay.

The Nature 

Around Us

By: Kynslie Minns 

Have you ever gone outside and looked at the wonders of nature?  You can find some really cool flowers,insects,trees,rocks and so much more!  I love to take pictures of nature. It’s one of my favorite things to do. Today I took some pictures of beautiful flowers.  One of them was a picture of a field of purple flowers and the other was a picture of a pretty yellow flower. I also took a walk around Mcpherson and I saw really pretty trees at Wall Park.  The sun felt amazing on my skin and the clouds were puffier than a cotton ball. The trees looked golden from the sun. The blossoms from the tree’s blew in the breeze. I went to Lakeside Park after Wall park and it was really nice to see the grass green.  I went on a bridge and saw some ducks and geese and took a picture as they glided across the water. I saw some lavender planted by someone’s house and it smelled like Bath and Body works at first. I went home and looked out the window and realized that nature is all around us and you don’t have to go far to find it.

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Week #2 for Junior Reporters 

By Beckett S.

  • My Favorite place to experience in Mcpherson County would be the whole County because everything is made up of the periodic table which is all nature. You see different things happening within nature everywhere in the county. Take time to appreciate what happens around you. It is there without you even looking for it. 
  • When I am outside with plants I feel like I am consumed into my own little world, and I don’t think about anything else except nature and how everything works.   
  • If I planned a nature scavenger hunt I would set a contest to see how many items I could find off the periodic table except the hazardous ones. Whoever gets the most items wins the contest.
  • Yes,why? I have read most of the Hatchet series, so I know how to survive in the wild and techniques to use. I also spend most of my free time outside to put things together. I understand in my head how to get along with nature and know what to do.     
  • For my topic, I am telling you about Photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is a process that happens in plants where it collects energy from the sun then transforms it into chlorophyll and pulls in CO2. Then it starts it’s process by turning those items into Glucose and O2. The plant then releases the O2 but keeps the Glucose as a food to feed on.
  • Nature is everything around you from good to bad. You have to respect that by making a cleaner and healthier planet. I try to take part in that by keeping places clean and not littering. We all can do this, but you have to be willing to do those small things and all together that makes a humongous difference for everyone.   


                           By Avery Eveland

In my opinion, mother nature  is a lot like life. It can be stubborn and unpredictable. We are expecting a blue sky, and instead the sky is grey. We are expecting a perfect day, but then the rough winds start to blow. It can be so weird to reflect that nature might have been perfect yesterday, with the sun out and shining, but today is cloudy with the winds raging towards us. That is how I think of it when I look back and remember that I had been in school enjoying myself with my friends and teachers, and now I am at home with most of my school on my computer far away from all of them. This is a reason I love nature. When I am looking out my window and the sunlight is beckoning me to come outside, reminding me that the world and my life is out there beyond the walls of my room. I love being out there with the fresh air and a nice breeze messing up my hair. 

    Some of my family’s best memories are out in nature;  whether it is walking, swimming, riding, or playing. We get to do it all where the sun is and the wild things live with the pleasant sounds of nature all around us. When I am out in nature, I feel somewhere in between no distractions at all and then all the distractions I can think of. It is kind of like that there is nothing I need to be paying attention to and so I pay attention to what I am thinking of. It is rather pleasant.

    One of my favorite things about nature in McPherson County is that there are so many places to experience nature; like Meadow Lark Trail, Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, McPherson Wetlands,  and then my own backyard. I love to be in these places because my whole family can be happy while being together. My dog can run around recklessly and the rest of us can enjoy the pleasantness of endless fresh air. 

I love comparing life to the changing of the seasons because of adaptation and change, such as how bare the trees look in winter and then as spring comes along they begin to bud with new life. I also think that life is like a bouquet of flowers, one of the most beautiful things nature gives us. Everyone is different and we all grow differently. We all need things to grow, and we all come from the same garden that is this world we live in. I love nature. I love having the sun on my skin and the winds that act like they have a place to be, and the trees that go through bare branches each winter to have beautiful buds return by spring. I love the blue sky and the clouds and the grass as it gets greener. I love the world, and in this world there are so many things to see, but only one of them is my backyard and my family. Only one of them is the nature of McPherson County.