Friday, September 11, 2015

It's International Rock Flipping Day!

We all know that Sunday, September 11 is the anniversary of one of the worst days in U.S. history, but the date also has a more fun side. It’s International Rock Flipping Day.

What does that mean? It’s a time to celebrate all those critters that live under rocks, as well as the naturalist spirit that drives you to look a little deeper.

All you have to do is go outside and look under a rock or two. Then record what you see by drawing, painting, taking photographs or writing about it. (If you live where there might be poisonous creatures under there, like scorpions or snakes, you might want to use a stick to flip the rocks.) When you are done, carefully return the rock to its original position.

It’s fun and easy and you just might meet some pretty cool critters.


  1. Thanks for telling us all about this lighter side to September 11th!

  2. Hi Melissa!
    Thanks for letting me know! It inspired me to write a poem:

    I lift your heavy door
    to find
    busy you
    on your way from
    one side of your space
    to the other.

    The surprising sunlight
    curls you into
    a spiral
    to protect all those legs
    and underparts.

    Between fight and flight
    you choose
    and hope
    someone remembers
    to shut the door
    so you can get on
    with your interrupted

    1. This is beautiful! I included in my Rock Flipping Day post:

    2. Thanks, Susannah, isn't Dana's poem wonderful.

  3. Great poem, Dana. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Flipping rocks is a great way to find lots of flipping bugs. Well, when I move a rock or something in the garden, things jump and flip and are not happy that I disturbed them. And I finally got my hands on a copy of No Monkeys, No Chocolate. Wow, what a fantastic book, Melissa. And the little cartoons in the bottom right corner really give the kids an extra bit of fun.
    Really enjoyed Dana's poem.

  5. So glad you liked No Monkeys, No Chocolate, Kaye.