John Thielbahr
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Nature Authors Readings at Book Stores

C&NN Connect contributor and award-winning author Amy Jenkins (Every Natural Fact: Five Seasons of Open-Air Parenting) sent a note to some of us about a reading she will be doing in Rockford,…Continue

Started Jul 7, 2011

How Can We Address the Fear Issue
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A recent post by Kristen Beck, a Master Naturalist from Florida, asked this core question: "I did a program on nature deficit last night for a group of lady anglers- it was amazing to hear their…Continue

Tags: outdoors, fear

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taina Laaksoharju Sep 21, 2010.

How Many Master Naturalists Are Members of C&NN Connect?
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Christy Schultz's recent post about an event she is hosting in South Florida to the Everglades sparked my interest in Master Naturalists, state-based certification programs to promote environmental…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Thielbahr Jan 30, 2012.


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Strategic Alliance Development Team; Grassroots Leadership Team
Children & Nature Network
John Thielbahr is the retired Director of Professional Education at Washington State University’s Center for Distance and Professional Education in Pullman, Washington.
In that capacity, he directed the creation and delivery of non-credit continuing education programs to professionals in the workplace in both face-to-face and online learning environments, focusing on emerging issues of importance to society.
Prior to joining Washington State University, John spent 25 years in a private sector career that included corporate finance for major U.S. financial institutions, international consulting, and business ownership. John has also managed a business incubator for economic development in North Idaho and was a Regional Director for the Idaho Small Business Development Center. John holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations from Stanford University.
As a volunteer, John was President of the Board of Directors of the Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute of Moscow, Idaho (a “More-Kids-In-The-Woods” grant recipient), serves on the Washington No Child Left Inside Advisory Committee for legislative funding allocations, and is on the Board of the Washington Child Care Resource & Referral Network.
John Thielbahr serves as a member of the Children and Nature Network Grassroots Leadership Team and on C&NN’s Strategic Alliance Development Team; he is also a member of Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna’s Youth Internet Safety Task Force. Married and the father of four, John lives in Pullman, Washington.

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At 10:08am on November 25, 2016, kocak ahmet said…

Dear Thielbahr,

I'm sorry to contact you unannounced through this medium. I am Kocak Ahmet a citizen of Ghana, presently, Managing Director Barclay's Bank of Ghana. I have in my bank a big amount of money that belongs to a customer Daniel B.Thielbahr, who happen to have the same name as yours and who has your country in his file as his place of origin, made a fixed deposit for 36 calendar months, valued at $8 ,400,000.00 (Eight Million Four Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). Meanwhile, the fund is now without any claim because Daniel died in a deadly earthquake in China in 2008 . I want your cooperation so as to make the bank send you the fund as the beneficiary (next of kin) to the fund.

Since the last quarter of 2009 until today, the management of my bank have been looking for a means to reach his family so as to ascertain if he is interested in rolling over the Deposit or have the contract sum withdrawn but all effort have proved abportive because Mr Daniel never married or had children prior to his death. This transaction will be of a great mutual assistance to us. I am therefore, seeking your cooperation to present you as the SOLE BENEFICIARY so that my bank will transfer the fund to you.

I am not a greedy person, I'm suggesting we share the fund equal, 50/50% as my share will assist me to start a charity organization to help the poor and also start a business of my own. Let me know your mind on this and please do treat this information as TOP SECRET. Kindly contact me via my Personal Email Address ( or you send me your email address for the details. At the receipt of your reply, I will give you details of the transaction, a copy of the Deposit Certificate of the fund and the Incorporation Certificate of the company that generated the fund. Perhaps, if this proposal offends your moral and ethical values, do accept my apology.

Thank you in anticipation of your positive cooperation.

Best regards,

Kocak Ahmet..

At 11:12am on May 25, 2012, Barbara Mascareno said…

Thank you so much John for the lovely comment. Being bilingual in English and Spanish, I think it's so important to educate our children at home about so many aspects in nature and the community. I hope that you tell me more about the teacher's tools you have in Spanish or bilingual. I would to cooperate. 

At 11:29pm on July 7, 2011, Carmen Field said…
Hi John. Would love to brainstorm library-nature connections with you and others in September. See you then! All the best, Carmen
At 2:55pm on June 29, 2011, Carmen Field said…

Hi John,

I will be at the Gathering in CA in Sep, so look forward to talking to you more then about bringing kids and nature together via library programs. I spoke with the woman who runs our library's summer reading program and she shared with me that the national program (Collaborative Summer Library Program - tends to start planning for the following summer's theme around January 1st. Have you or any other C&NN folks contacted people with this organization to suggest a kids & nature theme for next summer's (2012)  national reading program (which lots of cities participate in)? I can imagine so many ways to promote getting kids outdoors through a kids in nature theme for the national program - books + associated weekly events and activities! And not just targeting children, but also teens and even adults through the summer reading program - our library just started a teen summer reading program this year and hopes to add an adult program next year (we could provide libraries with a bibliography of nature play/kids in nature books written for adults, as the list grows each year). It'd be so cool to have a kids in nature theme at libraries around the country next year. Take care, Carmen

P.S. I'm reading the Magic Tree House series to my daughter and she really, really wants a treehouse now :)

At 10:24pm on May 24, 2011, Carmen Field said…

Hi John,

I loved your Get Reading Outside essay! I'd be interested in bringing your idea to our community library for next year's summer reading program (this year's slate has already been set).

My family camps for a weekend each June with a bunch of friends and kids across the bay from where we all live. Last year we spent quite a bit of time singing camp songs and reading around the campfire with worn out kids while supper was's a photo from one of our camping book sessions (with my friend Emily Otis reading Lucky Hares & Itchy Bears to the kids).

Hope all's well with you.



At 3:12pm on May 13, 2011, ConEddie said…
Just put the Nevada Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights on the CNN campaign map!
At 12:36pm on January 7, 2011, Mark Timken said…
Thanks for the warm welcome, John...glad to see that you are in washington state...i am excited to learn about this group and the work that is being done to help connect kids to nature...warmly, mark
At 12:50pm on November 26, 2010, Larry Volpe said…
Thanks for the kind words! You can indeed follow my students on their journeys. I have had reporters join me on excursions on several occasions to document our fun in nature and help spread the word of the great work of Inner City Outings. Also, I have many students who have been on dozens of trips from 5th all the way to college. I would be interested in conducting a more formal study of the influence on such trips over time. Now that I see where you are from, if you do not know my best friend and biggest influence of what I do, Donal Wilkinson, then you must look him up. He lives in Moscow and runs Adventure Learning Camps (you'll find it online with a quick search). If you don;t already know him, look him up.
At 10:04pm on October 20, 2010, Steve Bunyak said…
John, Thanks for writing. I'll look into joining the teacher's network as well. Will also keep posted re: the awards. Very best, Steve
At 5:58am on September 30, 2010, Deborah Mathies said…
Hi John, Nice to "meet" a falcon fan. Yes, peregrines are awesome! We love the Peregrine Fund/World Center for Birds of Prey and they have offered their expertise from time to time to our Raptors in the City program. As you probably know, they are in large part responsible for saving the species from near extinction.

We send out the "Falcon Flash" e-newsletter, during nesting season (late Feb.-June) - weekly bulletins from a skyscraper nestsite with expert commentary and pictures as we watch the nesting activities in real time. Just send an e-mail to with subscribe in the subject line. It's pretty cool because the chicks almost always hatch during Earth Week, and they fledge just as our school kids "fly" out of school in June. Deborah Mathies,

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