February 2011 Blog Posts (30)

Amazing Volunteers!

 

 

Thanks to Hands On Bay Area we are meeting some of the nicest people and getting the help we need with Nature Circles!

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Kaiser, we were joined by 40+ enthusiastic volunteers that help us put together over 4000 Nature Circle card sets.

Check out more photos at …

Continue

Added by Avery Cleary on February 7, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Helping hands, smiling faces and lots of enthusiasm!

Photo by Peter Merts - Amazing volunteers from the GAP!

Volunteers from Barclays working hard on Nature Circle Card Sets!…

Continue

Added by Avery Cleary on February 7, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Conference on the Value of Play --Layers in Another Clear Deficit

Those of us operating in relation to Park and Rec facilites with ample outdoor features are often lucky enough to get to see how kids thrive and grow through playful interaction with nature and each other.

Though, as we know only too well, most children aren’t getting outdoors enough, and that is creating a “play (as well as nature) deficit.”

Next week, a couple of hundred experts gather at Clemson University to explore the distinctive value of play.

The Conference on…

Continue

Added by Randy Eady on February 4, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Expedition Planning and Preparation

Greetings from Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, Canada! We arrived just a couple of days ago. Ellen, Van, Dave, and I spent ten days driving all the way from Minnesota. We hauled our twelve sled dogs, two sleds, plus most of our food and dog food in a big trailer. Ten days on the road might seem like a long time, but really all of the planning and preparation for this trip took much longer.

About a year ago we began to research our route and contact people living and traveling in…

Continue

Added by Amy Freeman on February 3, 2011 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Using Nature as the Great Equalizer

Losing Oneself in School; Retaining Balance Through Nature



When children enter school, they bring with them their natural capacity for surveying the land and making meaning.  But for many children, school means leaving some of themselves behind and disconnecting from a natural world of movement and lots of self-directed stimulation. Plenty of the school curriculum requires children to meet task demands that don't relate to…
Continue

Added by Randy Eady on February 3, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Introduce your kids to the local wetlands

wetlands

World Wetlands Day - Wetlands and Forests

This is the theme for World Wetlands Day 2011, especially chosen because 2011 is the UN International Year of Forests.

To celebrate World Wetlands Day - I am giving away FREE copies of Nika And The Painted Turtle

Just leave a comment below and I'll send you your FREE ebook.

Printed-FC-small

We…

Continue

Added by Marghanita Hughes on February 2, 2011 at 2:58pm — 3 Comments

Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring





Groundhog Day, February 2, has basically everything going for it that I love in a holiday -- It marks a point in a season; it's full of folklore and wisdom, superstition, ceremony, civic charm, mystery, agrarian history, and weather -- and it was featured in perhaps my all-time favorite movie of the same name, which itself is a study in acceptance and inner calm while…

Continue

Added by Suz Lipman on February 2, 2011 at 1:35pm — No Comments

More on Slow Photography

For any of you who are looking for an approach to photography that focuses on slowing down and observing the natural world around us from a new perspective, Chris Orwig has a fantastic book called Visual Poetry (2010, New Riders). Freeman Patterson called photography the "art of seeing" and Dorothea Lange gave a wonderful description of  the camera as  "a tool for learning how to see without a camera".  Chris Orwig carries on where they left off, and provides a wonderful…

Continue

Added by Shirley Hunt on February 1, 2011 at 10:27am — No Comments

Slow Photography

I always appreciate when friends send me links to articles relevant to our program, and to encouraging people to slow down and take notice of the world around us. This one was sent from a friend in Vancouver, and it resonates with our philosophy at Focus on Nature, and with the movement to nurture the child-nature connection. It's a reminder that when we're trying to engage kids (or adults) in exploring the natural world through photography, the focus should be on awakening their senses and…

Continue

Added by Shirley Hunt on February 1, 2011 at 10:05am — 4 Comments

Sunny 92.3 FM in Chattanooga reported this on their morning show: Research shows that 19 percent of children ages 2-5 know how to use a Smartphone, but only 9 percent can tie their shoes, and more ch…

Sunny 92.3 FM in Chattanooga reported this on their morning show:



Research shows that 19 percent of children ages 2-5 know how to use a Smartphone, but only 9 percent can tie their shoes, and more children…

Continue

Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on February 1, 2011 at 9:24am — No Comments

Monthly Archives

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

© 2020   Created by amy pertschuk.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service