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Free Teacher Workshop in Outdoor Education, Portland OR

Added by Tonya McLean on June 30, 2015 at 8:07am — No Comments

Free Teacher Workshop in Outdoor Education, Rainier OR

Added by Tonya McLean on June 30, 2015 at 8:05am — No Comments

A Game that will Teach Children About Protecting Nature

Our Project! is called Pacha! Protector of Mother Nature. Pacha is a beautiful magic bird that wakes up to find its home, the Giant Tree Forest, very sick due to deforestation, acid rain and pollution. The object of the game is to explore the 2D forest collecting various objects…

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Added by Nature Things on June 30, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Get your own wings this summer and 59 other Wild Ideas for the holidays

Do you want to get your own wings this summer?

Can you follow a spiral in a pine cone?…

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Added by Lisa Lillywhite on June 27, 2015 at 11:26am — No Comments

Family Farm Day Gives Kids Dose of Vitamin "N"

Nature Rocks Homer's annual Family Farm Day in Alaska brought over 200 people - young and old - out into the sunshine this month!

 

Family Farm Day Gives Kids Dose of Vitamin "N"…

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Added by Carmen Field on April 24, 2015 at 10:22am — No Comments

Banyan Bliss, an Eco Homestead!

Banyan Bliss is an Eco friendly homestead created to offer children and parents a time and space to connect with nature. We are blessed to be based in the western Ghats in India.

Western Ghats is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the eight "hottest hotspots" of biological diversity in the world. It is sometimes called the Great Escarpment of India.



The area is one of the world's ten "Hottest biodiversity hotspots" and has over 7,400 species of flowering plants, 139… Continue

Added by Beena Nair on April 23, 2015 at 8:01pm — No Comments

Hooray For Dirt!

For generations, parents have understood that playing outdoors is good for kids. Grandparents know that fresh air is good for a fussy baby. There’s even folk wisdom that says every person should eat a peck of dirt before they die! Science is now catching up with common sense as study after study shows just how beneficial nature is for us physically, cognitively, emotionally, and spiritually. It is worth taking a closer look at that peck of dirt…

The book…

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Added by Julia Cadieux on April 2, 2015 at 9:39am — No Comments

101 Ways to Get Kids Outside & Spark a Love of Nature

I compiled this list based on all the activities and playing I've done with my two kids over the past six years. Most of these are easy and free ways to be outside and have fun!

https://thesupportedparent.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/101-ways-to-get-kids-outside-spark-a-love-of-nature/…

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Added by Julia Cadieux on April 2, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Gardening with Kids :: Germination Test + Printable

This is a really fun experiment for kids to help with (or take lead on) and depending on how many seeds you have will take an hour or so to start. I think the best part, other than the vibrant red in the beet sprouts, was the wash of cucumber scent that was released as we checked on the cucumber seeds. It was seriously intense, and like a little burst of summer.

You can download the free printable photo tutorial and chart over in the …

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Added by Kris Antonius on March 17, 2015 at 6:41pm — No Comments

Candyland.

There is magic everywhere, what are the gifts of the season where you are?

To see full blog post, click here:

http://muddyfootedmama.blogspot.com/2015/03/candyland_17.html

Added by Stacey Mackowiak on March 17, 2015 at 6:28am — No Comments

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriculum - February 2015

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Newsletter – February 2015

By Erin Kenny ©2015

 

February was again unseasonably warm and dry. Although we had some light morning frost towards the end of month, the forest floor has significantly dried out and we are beginning to shed our rain pants. We have noticed many signs of spring this month, including more insects, new birds, leaf buds and sprouts.

 

The children have found worms and black beetles beginning to emerge…

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Added by Erin Kenny on March 14, 2015 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Citizen Science: Report Monarch Butterfly Sightings

Journey North is a citizen science program that tracks monarch butterfly migration. With the monarch population at a record low, children and educators can help by reporting their monarch sightings and sharing the monarch migration map.



The monarch map (below) can be embedded on your website, so readers can be part of this important conservation project. We'd welcome your participation!



Here's the Live migration map:…

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Added by Journey North on March 6, 2015 at 8:22am — No Comments

Getting kids outside

I am interested in getting my bird of prey related business more involved in my community.  I have several projects in mind.  First of all, the Kestrel and Owl nest box program, along with the elimination of the use of rodenticides in our environment.    www.birdsofprey.net  

Added by Karen-Kitty Carroll on February 21, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Friday Photo

I like the way new fallen snow looks so smooth and bright. It sparkles in the sun.

–Madeline Morrissey, almost…
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Added by Ann Courcy on February 19, 2015 at 7:50pm — No Comments

Coloring rice was the project of the day. White rice, water color paints, plastic bags, two teachers, and eight Explorers were the ingredients needed for this plan. Each child was asked, "What color …

Coloring rice was the project of the day. White rice, water color paints, plastic bags, two teachers, and eight Explorers were the ingredients needed for this plan. Each child was asked, "What color rice would you like to make?"

"Blue, yellow, pink, light green, turquoise, dark green, orange, and purple," were the answers that rang through the classroom.

In teams of…

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Added by Ann Courcy on February 16, 2015 at 10:56am — No Comments

Embracing Winter, Scandinavian Style! by Mary Zentara at The North Branch Nature Center, Vermont

It is zero degrees out and the snow is falling. As I write this blog, my seven year old daughter is outside standing perfectly still next to the bird feeder hanging from a tree branch. Her hand is outstretched and holding a small pile of black oiled sunflower seeds. The warmth of her bodied is sealed in many layers and a balaclava that is covering her chin, cheeks, and nose. A thick hat sits atop her head and the only part of her body that is uncovered is a narrow band around her…
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Added by Amy Butler on February 16, 2015 at 10:34am — No Comments

Publications

New book available from MIT Press about how and why people engage in caring for nature and community in neighborhoods impacted by poverty, pollution, lack of green space, natural disaster, and ethnic conflict.

Krasny, Marianne E and Keith G Tidball. Civic Ecology: Adaptation and Transformation from the Ground Up. MIT Press. January 2015.

http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/civic-ecology  

Added by Marianne Krasny on February 15, 2015 at 8:55am — No Comments

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