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Carmen Field posted a status
"From my oncologist today: "There's a study showing that getting outdoors helps cancer patients cope & heal." Doctors are learning. :)"
Nov 7, 2013
Carmen Field's album was featured

Mud Games at The Wallow 2013

80 locals of all ages gathered at The Wallow in Homer on June 30, 2013 to celebrate International Mud Day and the joy of summertime fun in the mud.
Aug 31, 2013
Michele Whiteaker left a comment for Carmen Field
"Thank you so much for meeting with us that day. We just got back from the trip on July 9th. We saw SO much! The kids keep saying Homer was their favorite, though. I'm a beach kid and we were at the beach the day before we walked with you. I try…"
Jul 13, 2013
Carmen Field left a comment for Michele Whiteaker
"Hi Michele, It was great to see you and meet your family last week in Homer. Hope your trip to AK was a memorable one. Cheers, Carmen"
Jul 6, 2013
Carmen Field posted a status
"My 7-year-old daughter Eryn shared her knowledge of birds on TV this week - http://ning.it/11ZOkfS. I'm proud of my little Jr. Birder!"
May 10, 2013
Carmen Field replied to Lizbeth Williams's discussion How Did Your 2013 Let's G.O.! (Get Outside) Event Go?! in the group Let's G.O.! Play Serve Celebrate
"In Homer, Alaska staff from the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve and Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies lead a super fun event for families with young children - Let’s G.O.! (Get Outside) Family Wetland Exploration in Beluga Slough. 15 kids…"
May 7, 2013
Carmen Field posted a status
"A needle moved this week...found out our local hardware store will be carrying ice fishing gear for the 1st time next winter. Fish on!"
Apr 11, 2013
Carmen Field replied to Janice Swaisgood's discussion Do you have a great book to share? in the group C&NN Natural Families Network
"The Fiddler of the Northern Lights by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock 1996 for ages 4-9 (though I, as an adult, love this story!) This is a story of family connections, outdoor adventure, and the power of believing. Eight-year-old Henry lives in…"
Mar 22, 2013
Carmen Field posted a status
"My daughter talied 1,635 mins for IditaNature this month, earning her a hacky sack from her PE teacher and Acorn Naturalist gifts from me :)"
Mar 22, 2013
Carmen Field commented on Carmen Field's blog post IT'S TIME TO PLAN YOUR IDITANATURE CHALLENGE!
"Hi Suz! My daughter Eryn has chalked up 9.5 hrs outside so far; I'm up to 9 hrs. If she meets the challenge, she'll get a "gift certificate" (from me) for fun stuff from Acorn Naturalists and a secret prize from her school PE…"
Mar 6, 2013
Suz Lipman commented on Carmen Field's blog post IT'S TIME TO PLAN YOUR IDITANATURE CHALLENGE!
"Hi Carmen! Thank you so much for sharing the Iditanature Challenge! My family has always been especially excited by the Idatarod race. (It's a dream of my daughter's to participate one day.) And we are up for the challenge. Keep us posted…"
Mar 6, 2013
Carmen Field's blog post was featured

IT'S TIME TO PLAN YOUR IDITANATURE CHALLENGE!

IditaNature is just around the corner - it starts in just 3 days...on Saturday, March 2nd, just like the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race! Challenge your kids, family, friends, or students to spend as many minutes outside as the Iditarod is long in miles...so 1,150 minutes or 17+ hours over two weeks. If they meet the challenge, the reward can be whatever you dream up. Prizes of outdoor gear or doing something fun together in nature: go out for ice cream, ski a trail and wind up with hot chocolate,…See More
Mar 6, 2013
Carmen Field posted a status
"Feed kids nature...they'll ask for more!"
Mar 5, 2013
Carmen Field posted a status
"2 hours of IditaNature time outdoors for our 2nd grader today: recess + after-school skiing. She wants to be outside AND get the prize!"
Mar 4, 2013
Carmen Field posted a blog post

IT'S TIME TO PLAN YOUR IDITANATURE CHALLENGE!

IditaNature is just around the corner - it starts in just 3 days...on Saturday, March 2nd, just like the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race! Challenge your kids, family, friends, or students to spend as many minutes outside as the Iditarod is long in miles...so 1,150 minutes or 17+ hours over two weeks. If they meet the challenge, the reward can be whatever you dream up. Prizes of outdoor gear or doing something fun together in nature: go out for ice cream, ski a trail and wind up with hot chocolate,…See More
Feb 27, 2013
Carmen Field posted a status
"This video showcases what parents and outdoor advocates can accomplish when they work together: http://ning.it/13TMexW."
Feb 26, 2013

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Naturalist / Coastal Science Educator
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Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Bio
Carmen Field is a mother, biologist, and professional naturalist residing in Homer, Alaska. As a coastal science educator with the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, she develops and teaches pre-K through 12th grade and undergraduate lab and field marine science programs, as well as science programs for the public. She created the Research Reserve's Kids in Nature workshops for parents and caregivers and leads the Nature Rocks Homer community coalition and its many initiatives. Since 1989, Carmen and her husband Conrad have been naturalists/lecturers aboard expedition vessels visiting a myriad of the planet’s most remote corners. She has made over 60 voyages to the Antarctic, where she lectures on natural history, seabird biology, marine mammals, marine invertebrate life, island flora and fauna, and Sir Ernest Shackleton. Carmen is co-author of a guide to spineless wonders of the north, Alaska’s Seashore Creatures – A Guide to Selected Marine Invertebrates, which was published in May 1999.
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IT'S TIME TO PLAN YOUR IDITANATURE CHALLENGE!

IditaNature is just around the corner - it starts in just 3 days...on Saturday, March 2nd, just like the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race! Challenge your kids, family, friends, or students to spend as many minutes outside as the Iditarod is long in miles...so 1,150 minutes or 17+ hours over two weeks. If they meet the challenge, the reward can be whatever you dream up. Prizes of outdoor gear or doing something fun together in nature: go out for…

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Posted on February 26, 2013 at 9:49pm — 2 Comments

Moving the Needle

We don't have many neighborhoods in Homer. We're a small, spread-out, Alaskan town with many large yards and few sidewalks sandwiched between the ocean and a shrubby bluff of sandstone. On the outskirts of town, few people make an effort to gather with distant neighbors, and kids are rarely seen playing together in groups outdoors. Where houses are close together, next-door neighbors hardly interact with or even get to know each other. The vacant lots, side streets, and climbing trees… Continue

Posted on July 19, 2011 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

It's time to plan your IditaNature challenge!

IditaNature is just around the corner - it starts Saturday, March 5, just like the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race! Challenge your kids, family, friends, or students to spend as many minutes outside as the Iditarod is long in miles...so 1,150 minutes or 17+ hours over two weeks. If they meet the challenge, the reward can be whatever you dream up. Prizes of outdoor gear or doing something fun together in nature: go out for ice cream,…

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Posted on February 28, 2011 at 11:15pm — 2 Comments

Mud Games: Try it...You'll LOVE it!

This week's Mud Games at The Wallow event in Homer, AK was more fun and…

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Posted on May 24, 2010 at 1:48am — 3 Comments

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At 2:50pm on July 13, 2013, Michele Whiteaker said…

Thank you so much for meeting with us that day. We just got back from the trip on July 9th. We saw SO much!

The kids keep saying Homer was their favorite, though. I'm a beach kid and we were at the beach the day before we walked with you. I try to notice things - but you showed me a WHOLE new version on the same beach. I was fascinated with all the tidbits you shared on the walk. I hadn't noticed the coal or the chalk rock - or thought about the communities across the way.
We had an eagle go tidepooling with us in the fog the next day. We saw tons of the sandhill cranes and I got a photo of the baby the next day. We also had a moose come out next to us on the boardwalk - yikes!  We backed off quick.
You are an amazing educator. Very inspirational to me. Wishing you all the best . . .
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful hometown with us!  Please keep in touch.
At 8:44am on July 7, 2011, John Thielbahr said…
Hi Carmen.  Looking forward to talking with you and others in San Diego about nature-based readings and nature-based activities at libraries.  We start our pilot project next week, but with your activities in Alaska, and Amy Jenkins readings of her book at book stores, we have a lot of growing experience to tap into.  I hope to bring together a small group off line at the Gathering to brainstorm this.  Hope you can join us.  All the best,  John
At 11:31am on June 16, 2011, John Thielbahr said…
Hi Carmen and sorry for the delayed response to this.  For some reason I wasn't notified of your comment.  I would love to have you bring nature to your library next year.  I have started a pilot project for Naturebraries in Southern California which will begin in July with a Huntington Beach Library.  If you come to the Gathering in San Diego, I will share the results with you and others.  Libraries are a huge opportunity to reach thousands more kids and adults with our message to get outside for health and learning.  Nature-based reading, following by nature-based activities, should be powerful and allow us to connect more deeply with the communities we serve.  Thanks for your reply and hope to see you in September.  Best,  John
At 10:23am on May 24, 2011, Ken Finch said…

Hey Carmen, thanks for thinking of me!  I found myself unconsciously but widely grinning as I looked through your new mud wallow pics; wonderful!  I especially love "Mud bliss."

 

No wallow yet in Omaha, unless you count me wallowing in over-commitments....  :-)

 

Need a re-supply on the stickers?  I've got plenty in stock due to a large winter print run that also brought costs down a lot; no charge to you, though!  And I'm pondering if Green Hearts should do an annual edition sticker or two...  2011 candidates so far are Puddle Power, Worm Worship, and Dig to China!  What d'ya think?  Any suggestions?

    Best,

    Ken

 

P.S.  Getting to the Gathering this year?  Looks dubious for me, thus far.

 

 

At 9:14am on May 23, 2011, Suz Lipman said…
Hi Carmen! Glad to hear that the 2nd annual Mud Games at the Wallow went so well! You had quite a large turnout. What fun. I look forward to seeing all the muddy pictures. Cheers!
At 6:36am on March 1, 2011, Margaret Rietano said…

Carmen,

The activity Guide os great!  Love the bracelet idea as well as the Un-Nature Walk.  Very cool.  I've started a blog (www.theelementsdc.blogspot.com).  More ideas and things to do in the Winter woods.  Ironically - I am obsessed with the Iditarod and starting next week - we have the kids participate in the Elements Fantasy Iditarod pool and then the foolowing week - we have our own Elements Idita-run.  No snow, no dogs, no sleds - but still lots of fun!

At 6:06am on February 21, 2011, Margaret Rietano said…

Carmen,

I would love to brainstorm with you on activities for kids and the winter elements.  Granted the elements that we contend with at ELEMENTS DC are not nearly as cold as yours in Alaska!

Let me know if you want to chat/email.  

Margaret Rietano

At 8:18am on October 1, 2010, Ken Finch said…
:-)
At 5:24pm on September 18, 2010, Ken Finch said…
I like the bumper sticker photo idea! :-)
At 7:13am on September 18, 2010, Ken Finch said…
I'll get 'em in the mail on Monday. Happy mudding! (And somehow the idea of 100
Green Hearts bumper stickers in Alaska kinda tickles me....)
 
 
 

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