February 2015 Blog Posts (10)

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

Go Climb a Tree

Tree climbing connects

As a professional tree climbing instructor  (yes, there is a such an occupation that requires you to never…

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Added by tim kovar on February 11, 2015 at 11:47pm — No Comments

Turkey Vulture -

Turkey Vulture -

Turkey vultures are scavengers, eating almost any dead animal’s carcass.  Also called buzzards, they win no beauty contests in nature.  They have a bald, red head that is tucked into a black-feathered body, and they have a sharp black beak to stab…

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Added by Wilder Good on February 10, 2015 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriculum - January 2015

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Newsletter – January 2015

By Erin Kenny ©2015

 

January in the Pacific Northwest has been unseasonably warm and we have observed many signs of spring. We discovered new buds on the elderberry and the huckleberry. We noticed that the hazelnut catkins (flowers) have released their pollen and that the alder catkins are ready to eat. We are seeing new sprouts of miner’s lettuce and sticky wicky (cleavers) and we are seeing lots of new mushrooms,…

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Added by Erin Kenny on February 3, 2015 at 5:37pm — No Comments

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriculum - Nov./Dec.

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Newsletter – November-December 2014

By Erin Kenny ©2014

 

November and December weather was mostly overcast and cool however we are still experiencing warmer than historical temperatures. The forest floor is covered with debris from the windy season. The children are enthralled by the number of items they find in the debris on the forest floor. One of the most interesting discoveries we made was the huge numbers of red alder seeds on the…

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Added by Erin Kenny on February 3, 2015 at 5:37pm — No Comments

The Green Hour

The more I learn about the vital necessity of allowing children daily, unrestricted playtime outside for their whole health, the more I want to make it a routine part of our lives. 

Have you heard of The Green Hour? The National Wildlife Federation recommends spending one hour outside each day for our holistic health. 



I just took the Pledge to be Out There which says I'll make getting outside a priority for my family.



The…

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Added by Julia Cadieux on February 2, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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