Retired teacher enjoys nature in SeptemberWhile area teachers are getting into the grind of the fall routine, Budgeteer columnist and retired 7th-grade science teacher Larry Weber is soaking in the changes that September brings to Northland plants and animals.
While area teachers are getting into the grind of the fall routine, Budgeteer columnist and retired 7th-grade science teacher Larry Weber is soaking in the changes that September brings to Northland plants and animals.
“Now that I’m retired I can really enjoy September and I think a room full of retired teachers can relate,” Weber told a group of about 40 attendees at a luncheon of Duluth Area Retired Teachers at the Radisson on Tuesday.
His presentation “Walking through September: The Webwalks Continue” focused on the changes seen in the natural world in the Northland in September. “Webwalks” are what Weber’s students labeled the nature walks the science teacher took them on outside their classroom at Marshall School.
Weber said he often told his students, “You don’t have to go somewhere else for nature. It’s right here. And you don’t have to wait ... it’s right now.” He then projected photos of flowers, insects, leaves and spider webs onto a screen and often asked the retired educators questions that they knowingly nodded their heads to or even raised their hands to acknowledge that they had observed the same things in nature.
Weber said he is able to observe much in the woods around his home in Carlton County and by walking along the road. He also sees a lot of nature on the Munger Trail.
Weber is the author of nature books. His book “Webwoods: Seasons of Life in the North Woods” was published in 2010. He just released “Minnesota Phenology” published by North Star Press in June, and his second edition of “Spiders of the Northwoods” published by Kollath-Stensaas Publishers was also released in June.
The books are available at Barnes and Noble and online at Amazon and the publishers’ websites.