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"Adventure Fest" Connects Oregon Teens to Nature

Agencies and non-profits take action through Youth In Nature Partnership 

My concentration is interrupted by the sound of a bullhorn. I look up from a table full of youth chipping and jabbing away at pieces of obsidian rock. “If you signed up for the second rafting trip, come gather under the tree” shouts a City of Eugene River House staff member. Two teenage boys ask me if I can hold their carefully sculpted pieces of obsidian while they raft. I wrap the bulky, sharp…

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Added by Jennifer Steimer on July 10, 2014 at 10:17am — No Comments

The Natural Pond Experiment

When we decided to put in a small garden pond I had planned on it being a fun hobby for the family that would also make a nice extra feature for the yard. As soon as I started to research it some to see how to go about it, it became obvious that it was going to be far more than a hobby to pass a few hours of quality time but would provide a virtual laboratory full of science and environmental project as well. It is my favorite type of learning with the children – hands on with actual results…

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Added by Reuben Dickison on July 4, 2014 at 2:47am — No Comments

Solar Lessons for Home

Building a garden shed was a unique learning experience for my children Aside from some basic vocational skills and safety lessons that are always good to teach, we used the Pythagorean theorem to keep things square to demonstrate real world uses for seemingly “useless” math, introductory physics with lever and fulcrum to show my nine year old how to lift a 250lb wall section and block and tackle to hoist small rafter sections to demonstrate the effectiveness of pulleys, and half a dozen…

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Added by Reuben Dickison on July 4, 2014 at 2:13am — No Comments

"Pumpkins and Petunias: Things for Children to Do in Gardens"

Our book recently published book offers environmental education activities in gardens for children ages 2-8 years. You can check some of the content at

www.pumpkinsandpetuniasbook.com/book/

and Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and GoogleBooks. Here is a press release:…

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Added by irene winston on June 30, 2014 at 8:11pm — 1 Comment

Sleeping in the Back Yard on a school night

Sleeping in the back yard on a school night. 

Friends hinted at my questionable mindset and even I pondered on the validity of doing it on a school night, but it had to be when the weather was fine. Myself and my two daughters were to spend a night camping in our garden. For…

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Added by Lisa Lillywhite on June 27, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Rethinking the reli-bash agenda

Alright, confession time: for the past three years my parents have lived next to an expansive recreation park aaaand... I only stepped foot in there a few months ago. 
 
hang. head. shame. 
The too-hard basket is overflowing with potential reasons slash excuses: a[nother] sick pregnancy, an unwell…
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Added by Claire Lock on June 21, 2014 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Using Haiku to Cultivate a Love of Nature and Enhance Environmental Education

I learned about your wonderful organization through a Facebook friend, and I thought you might like to know about my efforts to help children become more attuned to and appreciative of their natural surroundings. Please permit to elaborate:…

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Added by Amy on June 20, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Jennifer Young Learning Goals June 2014 Trip to Reggio Emilia, Italy

My journey into the practices of Reggio Emilia, Italy so far has really changed how I view learning.  I love the idea of adults…
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Added by Suzanne Gabli on June 18, 2014 at 5:40am — No Comments

Suzanne Gabli's learning goals for June 2014 trip to Reggio Emilia, Italy.

I am so excited to see a dream come true. This trip to Italy will give me a whole new depth of what it means to be Reggio Inspired. This has been a 10 year journey for me; reading books, articles, workshops, meeting some of the most amazing Reggio inspired Authors, Artists,…

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Added by Suzanne Gabli on June 18, 2014 at 5:37am — No Comments

Building Blocks Preschool-Highland, MI -Educators will go to Reggio Emilia, Italy

This Friday, June 20, 2014, two of Building Blocks Preschools,…

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Added by Suzanne Gabli on June 17, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Dakota Goes to Yellowstone, WY

THE SIGN

June 15, 2014

There is so much to see and do in Yellowstone National Park that I quickly got over the offensive remark by the camp ranger that I was considered a "snack" for the bears in these areas.  He was making a joke, of course, but it was not to be taken too lightly.  There are Black…

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Added by Dakota Goes on June 15, 2014 at 5:31pm — No Comments

I Believe In The Love Of The Earth!

I believe in the love of the earth. I believe that creeks, streams, brooks, and rivers love to flow without being disturbed. I have always believed this, ever since my father first introduced me to water ways as a child. {Age 7}…

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Added by Asante Ali on June 10, 2014 at 6:44pm — No Comments

The Power of Poop: using humor to inspire kids about climate change

I've been a cartoonist since the day I picked up my first crayon. I was a kindergartener at Unqua Elementary in Massapequa, NY. I drew a rabbit that looked more like a jellyfish and insisted it was Bugs Bunny. There was no turning back.
 
Approximately a million and one drawings later, when I was a junior at Georgetown University, I drew a red hippo, named him Simon and put him on a college t-shirt. I sold a lot of shirts. As he evolved, Simon developed a sunny,…
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Added by Denis Thomopoulos on June 6, 2014 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Mosquitoes!

It's summertime and hopefully kids are playing outdoors!  Dealing with mosquitoes can be challenging, but don't let it stop your summer fun!  Check out the latest Blog post from Earth and Rosie to learn more about mosquitoes and have some fun!

http://www.earthandrosie.com

Added by Rosie Emery on June 3, 2014 at 6:12am — No Comments

Kingdom of Loose Parts: Norwegian free-play in natural settings

To be honest, I’ve spent a fair deal of this past year observing Norwegian children playing in nature. Picking berries, building shelters, “selling” all varieties of stone and pinecone merchandise in imaginary boutiques. There is romping and clambering. Clothes get muddy.

When I recently stumbled upon this excellent Slate article by Emma Marris,…

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Added by Elissa Brown on May 30, 2014 at 2:19am — No Comments

Dakota Goes to Ludington, MI

May 27, 2014

on way to lighthouse I had a dream the other day that I walked down a very long pier. I was in a place that was called Ludington in Michigan. People were sunning on the sand and dipping their toes in the icy water. The pier seemed to go on for days...Ludington's history belongs to logging and the incorporation of sawmills in all the surrounding areas back in the 1800s and also became a major Great…

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Added by Dakota Goes on May 29, 2014 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Cooperation!

Latest Blog Post on Earth & Rosie explores how nature can help us teach kids about cooperation.  From ants to dolphins, check out some examples  that are easy to share! 

http://www.earthandrosie.com

Added by Rosie Emery on May 20, 2014 at 5:22am — No Comments

Teacher's Kit for Literacy/Science grades 3-5

New from Ink Pinn Press, a teacher's kit based on the book Three Green Rats, An Eco Tale. Kit includes books, posters, postcards, bookmarks, stickers, and eco-projects kits can do at home or in the classroom. Kits can be customized, starting at $40. E-book available through…

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Added by Linda Mason Hunter on May 15, 2014 at 9:42am — No Comments

Go Outside And Play!!!

Go Outside And Play!!!

By Renee Sherkness

http://reneesherkness.webs.com/

Remember when we were children and we often would hear our parents…

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Added by Renee Sherkness on May 13, 2014 at 8:56am — No Comments

DO WE STILL NEED EARTH DAY ON THE CALENDAR?

DO WE STILL NEED EARTH DAY ON THE CALENDAR?

YES!

By *Renee Sherkness

When I completed researching my last book Winston the Whale And The Blanket Of Darkness, about a Humpback Whale, Winston and the perils he faces due to the increasing pollution to our oceans and beaches, I sat at my computer…

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Added by Renee Sherkness on May 13, 2014 at 8:53am — No Comments

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