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Are the machines taking over? Finding a natural balance in an increasingly high tech world.

You know how much I love nature play – and what a passionate advocate for it I am.

The ABC News reported recently about a new playground in Western Sydney. The headline for the article was “Hi-tech playground in western Sydney takes digital native…

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Added by Tania Moloney on July 19, 2014 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Thoughts on Australia's Nature Connect Conference - Coming together to connect, collaborate, celebrate and start conversations.

On February 21st this year I was thrilled to attend the inaugural Nature Connect Conference in Melbourne.

Presented by the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Victorian Child & Nature Connection, it was a gathering of inspiring and inspired leaders and practitioners from community, health, industry,…

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Added by Tania Moloney on July 19, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Musical Magic In The Forest

One way to celebrate our connection with nature and to create and celebrate our own connection to each other is by way of music. We always sing in our programs with the Vashon Wilderness Program. Today, though, was a "Community & Ecology" day in our summer camp for 4-6 year olds. At one point along the trail, we picked up sticks, tapping them together. We sang "The Earth Is Our Mother" and other songs as we wandered along,…

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Added by Jane Valencia on July 18, 2014 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Secret Treasures And Raven Talk In the Woods With The Kids

Just spent a magical day in the woods with kids (ages 4-6 for this week's camp)  in our Vashon Wilderness Program summer camp. In our "Sit Spot" time, we gave the kids 4 minutes to touch into their hearts, and find a place where a secret treasure meant only for them was waiting. So sweet to see them wander off into the field, find a special place, and discover something special just for them. Some of the kids drew what they found. Others merely placed it into their "mind's…

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Added by Jane Valencia on July 14, 2014 at 3:50pm — 4 Comments

"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 preparation tips visit …

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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 and children working and learning side by side as constructivists.…
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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, Educators and Creators of Quality Early Childhood Education. I have grown…

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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, Educators, Ms. Jennifer Young, Lead Teacher and Ms. Suzanne Gabli, owner and Executive director will be hopping on a plane headed to Italy.  For the next two weeks to study and learn about early…

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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}

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

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