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Community Nature Walks With Your Grandkids

I'm very excited to announce that C&NN has partnered with Jane Jacobs Walk to encourage child/family, nature-based walks within our local communities. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone…Continue

Started by Jennifer Baguley Apr 11, 2012.

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Comment by Geoffrey McMullan on January 19, 2015 at 4:29am

here is a game I use with children you can have hours of fun with this: /Free%20Game%20Pick%20a%20Colour.pdf

There are plenty of other games follow this link:


Best wishes


Comment by Suz Lipman on May 1, 2013 at 9:06am

Hi Everyone,

I think you'll appreciate these two new blog posts that focus on grandparents and the role they play in connecting kids to nature:

GRAND IDEAS! 21 Great Ways Grandparents and Grandfriends Can Connect Children to the Natural World. New blog and resources from Richard Louv.

Nature, a Grandparent's Best Friend. From C&NN's Director of Grassroots Outreach and Engagement (and member of this group), Avery Cleary.

Comment by Jane Saunders on April 14, 2013 at 4:51pm

Great article, Suz!  Love the term "granny-fussing".  Yep, that's what we do.

Comment by Suz Lipman on April 11, 2013 at 7:30am

Hello! I thought you might be interested in this article from the UK Observer:

How Can I Encourage my Grandchildren to Enjoy Nature?

Comment by Suz Lipman on December 17, 2012 at 3:16pm

Hi Everyone, I wanted to let you know that we're going to be consolidating our two grandparent (and grand friend) groups. We're so glad there is so much interest. Please come join this one:

Let me know if you have any questions. Suz

Comment by Suz Lipman on March 2, 2012 at 9:38am

Hi All -- There is a new piece in the latest AARP Blog about the connection between the declining health of the environment and the health of future generations. Thought you might be interested. (Margie, the piece mentions the Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest, as well. Thanks for sharing that with us!)

You can read it here:

Comment by Jane Saunders on September 13, 2011 at 8:55pm
Thank you for the pictures and reply.  Great idea for the garden, also.
Comment by Carmen Field on September 13, 2011 at 8:06pm

The round lunch challenge sounds like a great fun, Jane! We played something like that in the garden last week - taking turns finding round plant pieces & parts and bugs. Our town's Wooden Boat Festival happens every Sept. along the shoreline of Kachemak Bay in Homer, Alaska. My 6-year-old daughter's two festival highlights this year were our 6-mile bike ride out along the Homer Spit to/from the festival and getting to help row the ol' double-ender (in this photo).

Yes, Margie, there were definitely other things on most people's minds on the 11th.

Comment by Jane Saunders on September 12, 2011 at 11:35pm

Carmen, that sounds wonderful.  Where was the Wooden Boat Festival?

My granddaughters and I did not get outside but I helped them make their school lunches.  We had a round theme going.  Everything that went into the lunch had to be round:  apple, pear, round sandwich (we cut the bread into a round shape), Pringles.  They had so much fun!  I did, too.

Comment by Carmen Field on September 12, 2011 at 10:45pm

Did any of you get outdoors with grandparents or grandfriends to celebrate Grandparents Day yesterday? What did you do? I saw a few youngsters rowing a 1920s wooden double-ender and making colorful wooden play boats with their grandparents at our town's Wooden Boat Festival yesterday - a wonderful way to celebrate a beautiful fall day on the water.


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