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February 2012 Blog Posts (11)

Day hiking activity for children: Game Show

Generally, exploring and discovery is enough for kids, but sometimes even they can grow bored with that and become restless. Remember that they naturally have shorter attention spans than adults.


Fortunately, there are lots of tried and true activities you can do on the trail that’ll keep kids from getting bored. Among them is Game Show.


If you…


Added by Rob Bignell on February 28, 2012 at 2:14pm — 2 Comments

Start planet-watching this weekend (Feb. 25-26) as Moon passes Venus and Jupiter

Six Spectacular Months for Planet-watching: March-August 2012

In Mar.-Aug. 2012, students, parents, and teachers can enjoy: The Moon passing as many as five bright planets and five stars of first magnitude or brighter each month; four bright planets Mercury-Venus-Jupiter-Mars visible simultaneously at dusk in late February and early March; Venus-Jupiter as a close brilliant pair at dusk around March 13 (and at dawn around July 1); Venus in…


Added by Robert Victor on February 24, 2012 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Early Spring Scavenger Hunt for Kids

The weather may be crazy this winter, but if it's nice, take advantage and get the kids outside to identify the early signs of spring with this Scavenger Hunt Guide.

Added by Jacquie Fisher on February 23, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

"The Lorax" & Ecology

Whenever I can, I connect a book to an experience for kids.  And "The Lorax" just has that natural connection that leads to learning about ecology.  It's a wonderful read-aloud for young kids who will appreciate why we need to 'tread lightly' and take care of the world around us.  And for teens, it conveys a great message about how the consequences of our behaviors can affect others, and the impact one person can make on the world. 

Here's a few ideas for linking the new movie…


Added by Jacquie Fisher on February 23, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

(Re)connecting children and nature with technology

Mission:Explore is a project that we in The Geography Collective started in 2008. Since then we've published three children's activity books and are currently working on our fourth. Each of these books are full of ideas to encourage more outdoor play and learning. A big part of what we do uses a much…


Added by Daniel Raven-Ellison on February 22, 2012 at 8:11am — No Comments

If A Child Picks Up a Stick in the Forest,.....

What happens if a child picks up a stick in the forest? It's not a question of if, because they do and they will! When a child does pick one up, what does that stick become? Working with school teachers, this is one of the first concerns of being outside with a classroom of curious children. Do we let them play with sticks? And what does it look, feel, and sound like if 20 children are wielding sticks in the forest? Laying down a rule of "no picking up sticks" is like taking…


Added by Amy Butler on February 15, 2012 at 11:45am — 2 Comments

All Day Outside

Exploring a winter creek

It's another…


Added by Amy Butler on February 15, 2012 at 11:42am — No Comments

Tuition Free High School Opportunities in the North Cascades

North Cascades Institute is pleased to announce Summer 2012 Applications are available online for high school students interested in the Cascades Climate Challenge or North Cascades Wild programs. Both programs are tuition-free and focus on leadership, community, stewardship, outdoor skills and connection to the natural world through wilderness experiences in North Cascades National Park and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National…


Added by Aneka Singlaub on February 13, 2012 at 1:28pm — No Comments

MOTHER NATURE'S CHILD Screening Inspires After School Park Outings!

We were delighted to receive this notice from the e-newsletter that goes out to all parents at Saint Joseph School in Seattle where MOTHER NATURE'S CHILD was screened last November. Hurray for Saint Joe's parents!!! This is an example of what parents can organize all by themselves. Sounds like fun!

Let's "Go Park"! ... a spin-off from the screening of…

Added by Camilla Rockwell on February 9, 2012 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Forget Tiger Mom and French Mom: Meet Hunter-Gatherer Mom

Last year, Amy Chua managed to push a whole set of collective parenting buttons when she asserted in the Wall Street Journal, and later in her book…


Added by Suz Lipman on February 8, 2012 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Adopt the Wild for Valentine’s



Baby Barn Owl part of Hawk Creek's Barn Owl Breeding Project - (is that adorable heart-shaped face perfect for Valentine's Day!?)



East Aurora, NY - Find true love at Hawk Creek Wildlife Center! Feathered and furry wildlife in need want to become your Valentine this February. Buy the perfect gift and help save a life by adopting one of more than 80 resident animals at Hawk Creek like Canyon the handsome…


Added by Hawk Creek Wildlife Center on February 8, 2012 at 3:43pm — No Comments

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