I was just reading through Jeanine's post for a little "re-inspiration" and saw your reply. I love the idea of a "Cricket Crawl"! Sorry you got rained out on your first event -- that's a bummer. How did it end…"
"Welcome, Ash! I agree that the Tool Kit is a great resource. I prefer having the liability and photo release forms on one document so that people can sign in quickly. I've attached my most recent one here. Feel free to modify and use for your…"
First of all, welcome to the Natural Families Network! I'm glad you jumped in and responded to this discussion. Great question. I'd recommend you download the "Tool Kit" for Nature Clubs for Families…"
"Great information! I'm currently hosting a seasonal nature club event through a non-profit organization... just starting out though. I'd love to see what you use for the photo release and liability forms. Currently…"
"Title: Hikes with Tykes: Games and Activities
Author: Rob Bignell
Publication date: 2012
Recommended age(s): adult
Synopsis: (from Amazon.com) Listing more than 100 diversions, “Hikes with Tykes: Games and Activities” provides…"
"Great questions, Gayle!
I have found with RI Families in Nature that a quick and easy way to build community is to post my events to different online calendars around the state. In addition, I try to combine my hikes with other, existing programs.…"
"Thank you, Neita! I thought I had already responded, but I guess it didn't post.
First of all, I promise that you will definitely get to where I am - perhaps much further! I think that family nature clubs grow as much as we nurture them. Put in…"
"Jeanine, Congratulations on what you've accomplished! I'm very inspired by your story. I just launched a Nature Group within my neighborhood. Our first event was supposed to be tonight -- the DC/Baltimore Cricket Crawl -- but we were…"
When I was six years old, I visited the snow leopard exhibit at a zoo - a small, concrete, cell-block exhibit. All that animal did was pace back and forth with a maniacal look in its eyes.Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.I distinctly remember that experience. I brought it with me into adulthood and often wondered if humans are similarly affected by the lack of time we spend outside. I’ve always been passionate about spending time in nature. I’m less tense, more in tune with my…See More
"Great story, Jeanine, thanks for sharing! That's a good lesson to learn, that sometimes there will be lots of participants and sometimes there will be dry spells. The trick is not to get discouraged and to just enjoy the nature you came for in…"
"Thank you, Holly!
I can say that the RIFIN app was entirely constructed by my friend so I cannot weigh in on how difficult it was for him to create. My hunch is that it was pretty basic technology for an app - there's nothing really complex…"
"Wonderful article! Thanks for sharing. I'm really curious about the RIFIN app that was created for your club. Was this something that was very difficult to do or do you just need the right talent? I'm also curious…"
Jeanine is a self-described tree hugging, science and math geek whose love of nature, coupled with her absolute certainty that people, especially children, are happier, healthier, and wiser when they regularly spend time in nature, led her to establish Rhode Island Families in Nature. Jeanine is also the Project Coordinator for Rhode Island's Environmental Literacy Plan. She loves to run, garden, bake, hike, and go camping, especially when accompanied by her husband, Ian, her daughter, Sierra, and her son, Devin.