January 2013 Blog Posts (13)

Soothing the soul

I just placed an order for 100 trees and shrubs. Keep in mind that I don't live out in the country, not even on a small acreage. I think 100 trees might be a bit much for my family's quarter-acre property, and we're not planning to surround our house with a forest.

Why, then, would I order so many? To start…


Added by Alison Pearce Stevens on January 28, 2013 at 8:29pm — No Comments

Singing about the birds we see!

Explorers Bird Song

As part of our ongoing Project FeederWatch unit, our class has been learning about the birds we observe at our feeders.   These kids are amazing!  They come into class every day excited to share stories about the birds they have seen at home -- they love to report that they are able to identify birds for their parents and are…


Added by Melissa Ryan on January 28, 2013 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Taiga Trekkers: Animal Tracks & the Prospect Heights Trail

Animal Tracks & the Prospect Heights Trail

We hit the Prospect Heights Trail, on the upper hillside, yesterday morning in search of animal tracks, our theme for the Trek. We found a lot of…

Added by Harmony on January 28, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Does your program have teamwork goals? We're developing free evaluation tools for you!

Do you work with middle and high school youth?  Do you have teamwork and collaboration skill outcomes for your programs?  

If so, we'd love your input into some new tools we are developing!

The Science Museum of Minnesota and University of Minnesota are working to develop surveys for program staff and evaluators to measure teamwork and collaboration skills in science and nature out-of school time programs. We are in the planning stage of developing these survey tools.  We…


Added by Amy Grack Nelson on January 27, 2013 at 7:17pm — No Comments

An Essay on Goose Killers and Killer Geese: by Ali

I run an ecotherapy center in Brooksville, Florida.  We have many different kinds of animals on our 10 acres.  Most of our animals all get along with each other, but not on this day....

So two of our male geese, big white Chinese cresteds, attacked and tore apart a small black chicken yesterday while my husband David watched, aghast. Aside from the racial implications, the sociological problem of geese, ducks, and chickens living together was in our face. Again. A year ago, we had…


Added by Ali Baylor on January 24, 2013 at 7:21pm — No Comments

The Human-Nature Divide

We should all be worried about the gaping psychological chasm separating humanity from nature. Indeed a strong argument can be made that bridging this divide deserves to be ranked amongst the most urgent 21st Century priorities. Yet so far the human-nature divide hasn’t even made it to our cultural to-do list.

For the past several decades, numerous scientists and environmentalists have been telling us that we must change our ways and strike a balance with nature, or face…


Added by Scott D. Sampson on January 23, 2013 at 11:20am — No Comments

Building the Foundation for a Love of Learning.

Building the Foundation for a Love of Learning.

It is very exciting time at Building Blocks Preschool.  We just rolled out our new website and sharing our story.  We have been sharing our story but not getting our message across clearly.  We are pleased to say we took the time and…


Added by Suzanne Gabli on January 17, 2013 at 7:55am — No Comments

Little Out Trippers - Canadian company on Getting Little Kids to the Big Outside

Little Out Trippers

Welcome to Little Out Trippers - a Guelph, Ontario based company.

Planning a trip to Ontario? Discover our natural surroundings with a day trip introducing young children to adventure out tripping. Kids, bring your parents or caregivers to join in the fun. Food provided and guaranteed a good time, trips go out in all forms of reasonable weather.


Added by Souhaila Sarkis on January 14, 2013 at 9:39am — No Comments

Seeing Nature-Michigan Green School

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart. – Helen Keller

Being Green.  Thinking Green.  Outdoor Green.  Garden Green.

To bring children in touch with the…


Added by Suzanne Gabli on January 11, 2013 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Building Blocks Preschool-An Early Chidhood Learning Community

I am the founder and Executive Director of the Building Blocks Preschool. We are a year-round Nature based and Reggio Inspired preschool.

In 2004 my husband Joseph and I decided to invest in our children’s early childhood education and in the Huron Valley Community. Our school resides in a 100 year old farmhouse that backs up to over 5,000 acres Highland Recreation Area ( A State of MI Department of Natural Resources).

Our school believes it is critical that children have the…


Added by Suzanne Gabli on January 10, 2013 at 8:34pm — No Comments

Nature Tips

We humans have a rather bizarre relationship with nature. We seek out nature to stroll, run, bike, rollerblade, climb, swim, skydive, surf, sail, commune, birdwatch, whalewatch, and stargaze, spending billions of dollars a year gearing up for and traveling to these activities. While there, we collect bugs, rocks, driftwood, fossils, counts of bird species, or, most commonly these days, photographs. Closer to home, we grow nature in our gardens, place it in pots that adorn our living spaces,…


Added by Scott D. Sampson on January 3, 2013 at 12:19pm — No Comments

We Cannot Allow Newtown to Become Anytown

In the land of the free and the home of the brave, how can we expect to create innovative new learning environments for our students and prepare them to be meaningful contributors to the 21st century when they are locked in their schools with armed guards standing watch at the doors? How can this possibly be conducive to learning and creative thought? This is America – leader of the free world – and our children deserve better. We need to find a way to make it so.

First and foremost,…


Added by Elizabeth Milli on January 2, 2013 at 10:39pm — 4 Comments

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