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Ken Schmaltz
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  • Calgary, Alberta
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Ken Schmaltz replied to Janice Swaisgood's discussion Do you have a great book to share? in the group C&NN Natural Families Network
"This looks like the perfect book for my 8-year-old. Thanks!"
Mar 24, 2013
Ken Schmaltz replied to Janice Swaisgood's discussion Do you have a great book to share? in the group C&NN Natural Families Network
"Title: There's a Hair in my Dirt: A Worm's Story Author: Gary Larson Publication date: 1999 Recommended ages: As a bedtime book, when my youngest was 4 we could always count on this book to make him laugh. Not sure he understood it all,…"
Mar 22, 2013
Ken Schmaltz shared Nkrumah Frazier's discussion on Twitter
Mar 21, 2013
Ken Schmaltz shared Janice Swaisgood's discussion on Twitter
Mar 21, 2013
Ken Schmaltz shared Janice Swaisgood's discussion on Twitter
Mar 21, 2013
Ken Schmaltz replied to Janice Swaisgood's discussion Do you have a great book to share? in the group C&NN Natural Families Network
"I went skiing with my 8- and 12-year-old boys at Norquay, and we saw them doing some avalanche bombing at the top of the mountain. As I answered their questions about why the ski patrol was intentionally setting off avalanches, it got me to thinking…"
Jan 12, 2013
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Jun 28, 2012
Ken Schmaltz replied to Ken Finch's discussion Nature Play as an Everyday Joy of Childhood? For Kids, Frequency Requires Proximity in the group C&NN Natural Families Network
"A couple years ago I put a few big sandstone rocks in my flower bed to fill holes that my dog dug up, and inadvertently created a nature play area. Last week my seven-year-old announced he was going mining in the backyard. A couple minutes later I…"
Jun 28, 2012
Ken Schmaltz replied to Ron Swaisgood's discussion Risk and Reward in Nature: Can a Family Nature Club Help You Tip the Balance in Favor of Nature? in the group C&NN Natural Families Network
"I agree with Janice: taking it all on yourself can lead to burn out. I view self care as a plane ride. If the oxygen masks pop out, you have to put yours on before you help others put theirs on or you'll pass out and be no good to anybody. If…"
Apr 16, 2012
Ken Schmaltz replied to Ron Swaisgood's discussion Risk and Reward in Nature: Can a Family Nature Club Help You Tip the Balance in Favor of Nature? in the group C&NN Natural Families Network
"Just came across this Helen Keller quote while flipping through Freedom of the Hills: "Security is mostly superstition.  It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the…"
Apr 7, 2012
Ken Schmaltz replied to Ron Swaisgood's discussion Risk and Reward in Nature: Can a Family Nature Club Help You Tip the Balance in Favor of Nature? in the group C&NN Natural Families Network
"On the kid's hikes I lead, I try to make sure I find time with just me and my kids. Luckily, there are usually two or three other parents with lots of mountain experience, so it's easy for me to hang out on the trail with my boys or find…"
Mar 28, 2012
Ken Schmaltz replied to Ron Swaisgood's discussion Risk and Reward in Nature: Can a Family Nature Club Help You Tip the Balance in Favor of Nature? in the group C&NN Natural Families Network
"My brother lives in Australia, and my kids want to go see their cousins but they don't want to go camping there. They and I agree that we'd much rather go where there are bears and avalanches than where there are poisonous snakes and…"
Mar 23, 2012
Ken Schmaltz replied to Harmony's discussion A Healthy Parent = A Healthy Kid in the group C&NN Natural Families Network
"Although our winters aren't as severe or dark as in Alaska, they can seem that way to people who don't embrace what winter has to offer. Is it cold? Yes, but not once you start moving, even when it's -30. The secret to my happiness in…"
Mar 22, 2012
Ken Schmaltz replied to Ron Swaisgood's discussion Risk and Reward in Nature: Can a Family Nature Club Help You Tip the Balance in Favor of Nature? in the group C&NN Natural Families Network
"Great photos! Happy kids! Any good I may be doing is purely out of self-interest. When I take my kids hiking alone, the complaining starts within a five minutes. When I take them out as part of a group of kids, they run down the trail and all I hear…"
Mar 22, 2012
Ken Schmaltz replied to Ron Swaisgood's discussion Risk and reward in nature: can a family nature club help you tip the balance in favor of nature? in the group C&NN Natural Families Network
"Great post. When I take my kids out to the Canadian Rockies, it's not spiders, snakes and scorpions, or even poison oak that we need to be mindful of. In the summer it's black and grizzly bears, cougars, and grumpy bull moose. In the…"
Mar 20, 2012
Ken Schmaltz replied to Carmen Field's discussion IditaNature starts in 2 weeks! in the group C&NN Natural Families Network
"This is a great idea. When I launch Mountain Youth Experience, I'll be introducing a similar challenge: The Seven Summits Family Expedition. Each minute in the outdoors as a family, you climb one meter. Australia—Kosciuszko 2,228 m (37…"
Feb 25, 2012

Profile Information

Title or Role
Executive Director
Organization
Crossing the Divide Experience
Bio
I'm currently Executive Director of Crossing the Divide Experience, a non-profit that takes disadvantaged youth into the Canadian Rockies. The youth we work with range from kids in foster homes to violent young offenders who are in community sentencing programs. Regardless of their backgrounds, all youth have a right to experience the mountains, the health and emotional benefits of nature, and to have the support they need to realize their full potential as individuals and as members of society.

I started hiking in the Canadian Rockies when I was six. Over the years I've added scrambling, mountaineering, downhill and AT skiing, snowshoeing and stuff like that to my list of pass-times. A couple years ago I co-founded the Calgary Outdoor Recreation Association (www.meetup.com/Calgary-Outdoor-Recreation-Association-CORA/), through which I lead kid's hikes. I also blog about taking kids into the Canadian Rocky Mountains and about being an outdoor dad with outdoor sons (www.biggreyrocks.com).
Web site
http://www.crossingthedivide.com
Facebook Account
http://www.facebook.com/BigGreyRocks
Twitter Account
http://BigGreyRocks
Family Nature Blog RSS Feed URL
http://biggreyrocks.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

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At 5:42pm on November 23, 2011, Suz Lipman said…

Hi Ken, Avery Cleary, our Grassroots Outreach Coordinator, asked me to contact you to invite you to register your nature club in the C&NN Movement Directory. I thought I'd forward directions for how to do that. Please let me know if you need help or if anything's unclear. I look forward to see your listing, your activities and further connection on our forum. Cheers, Suz

 

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Fill in the information. Once your account is approved (within a day or two), you will be able to log in and add or update your listing in the Movement Directory.

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At 9:11am on February 19, 2011, Suz Lipman said…
Hi Ken! Hearty welcome to C&NN Connect. I'm glad you jumped in and am sure you'll find it rich with resources and camaraderie. Hope to see you again soon.
 
 
 

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