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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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John Thielbahr commented on Margie's group Storytelling about Nature
"Excellent suggestions, Carmen.  Thanks for sharing these.  I hope others will share their experiences as well to benefit our group.  Our "Naturebraries" initiative hopes to have kids read at libraries either before or after…"
Jun 12, 2012
John Thielbahr commented on Margie's group Storytelling about Nature
"Here is a link to a fabulous activity that will improve reading and inspire kids to be outside.  It is called StoryWalk by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT.  I have mentioned this before but now there are more details on Anne's FAQ:…"
Jun 6, 2012
John Thielbahr commented on Children & Nature Network's group C&NN Natural Teachers Network
"Here is a link to a wonderful program called StoryWalk by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT.  Anyone who touches the life of a child can use this program to improve reading and connect children with nature, especially librarians but also child…"
Jun 6, 2012
John Thielbahr commented on Children & Nature Network's group C&NN Natural Teachers Network
"For those of you who are starting new nature pre-schools, here is a good example of how to integrate the natural world with the education of young children, from the National Assn. of Independent…"
May 29, 2012
John Thielbahr commented on Children & Nature Network's group C&NN Natural Teachers Network
"To Barbara Mascareno, thanks for your note and offer to help.  We don't have a Natural Teacher tool kit yet, in English or Spanish, but it is a project that is on the front burner, needing funding and bi-lingual volunteers like you. …"
May 25, 2012
John Thielbahr commented on Children & Nature Network's group C&NN Natural Teachers Network
"Fascinating suggestion from Janine Carpenter about "Crowd Funding."  Hope the brain trusts on the C&NN Board and Staff will ponder this.  I see some infrastructure and other hurdles to overcome, not the least of which are…"
May 25, 2012
Barbara Mascareno left a comment for John Thielbahr
"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…"
May 25, 2012
John Thielbahr commented on Children & Nature Network's group C&NN Natural Teachers Network
"I am so pleased that Barbara Mascareno from Henderson, NV has signed up to participate in the Natural Teachers Network Group site.  Barbara is a bi-lingual nature educator, according to the profile she posted on this site.  C&NN is…"
May 21, 2012
John Thielbahr replied to Deb Dorsett Hanson's discussion Role of Libraries in Connecting Children to Nature
"Hi Barbara, Point taken about both the climate restrictions and lack of connection with nature by libraries....indoors or outdoors.  Many of our followers, from Alaska to Arizona, have jumped into overcoming climate restrictions, in…"
May 16, 2012
John Thielbahr commented on Avery Cleary's group Early Childhood Nature Resources
"Colleagues, a request that requires a quick response.  C&NN is submitting a grant proposal for adding nature activities to child care programs to address childhood obesity in kids with ages five and under.  Do any of you have similar…"
Apr 20, 2012
John Thielbahr commented on Margie's group Storytelling about Nature
"Hello everyone.  Jan Hummer just posted a link to a terrific new blog by Emily Krall, director of Book Trails in Colorado: http://childnatureamericanlit.blogspot.com/  .  This blog has a magnificent list of nature books to…"
Apr 16, 2012
John Thielbahr commented on Children & Nature Network's group C&NN Natural Teachers Network
"Jan, this is a terrific blog and wonderful list of nature books.  I have sent it to our steering committee for the three pilot sites we are hoping to establish this summer with ACA and their Explore 30 summer camp reading program.  Any…"
Apr 16, 2012
John Thielbahr commented on Avery Cleary's group Early Childhood Nature Resources
"Jan, so glad that Emily is moving forward with Book Trails.  I didn't hear from her after I sent my email, but please keep her informed about how valuable this movement is, and ask her to keep us informed on Book Trails.   All…"
Apr 12, 2012
John Thielbahr commented on Avery Cleary's group Early Childhood Nature Resources
"I love this, especially putting the pictures up at the children's library.  I just made a connection with Anythink Libraries in Colorado through Susie Wirth of Nature Explore (Arbor Day Foundation) to talk about nature reading and…"
Apr 11, 2012
John Thielbahr commented on Scott D. Sampson's blog post The Importance of Early Childhood Nature Connection: A Bootfull of Pollywogs
"Love to chat about our libraries project.  Today, Amercian Camp Assn, partnering with C&NN, is submitting another grant application to North Face for small amounts to get three pilot sites up and running (Palo Alto and Orange…"
Apr 6, 2012
John Thielbahr commented on Scott D. Sampson's blog post The Importance of Early Childhood Nature Connection: A Bootfull of Pollywogs
"I am sensing the possibility of a new children's nature book written by Scott Sampson and illustrated by Zach Pine, facilitated by a connection on C&NN Connect, and placed on the C&NN web site Where Nature Meets Story.  Sounds like…"
Apr 6, 2012

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Strategic Alliance Development Team; Grassroots Leadership Team
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Children & Nature Network
Bio
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 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 - cslpreads.org) 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 cooking...here'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.

Cheers,

Carmen

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…
John,
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
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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 raptors@hvc.rr.com 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, raptorsinthecity.org
 
 
 

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