March 2010 Blog Posts (21)

New Film on Kids Restoring Nature and vice versa

Kevin White and David Donnenfield, producers at Filmmakers Collaborative (, released their latest film in January entitled "A Simple Question—The Story of STRAW." STRAW, which stands for Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed, brings classrooms of school children out on the land to restore degraded habitat on both private and public properties. The program started 17 years ago in a 4th grade class when a… Continue

Added by David Donnenfield on March 29, 2010 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Photo of the Week - by Samantha age 6

if you give a kid a camera...Photo of the Week. See and read what Samantha has to say about the beauty of rocks at

Added by Catherine Adams on March 29, 2010 at 4:21pm — No Comments

The Cabin Path Workshop March 26

A cool, damp morning at The Cabin Path, but our workshopers arrived a little after 9 AM. After a short meeting in the Gathering Room to discuss the Great Alphabet Hunt, we started off on the trails in search of LETTERS in NATURE! (pic above, reflection of curved stick forms the letter "C")…


Added by Sarah Crutchfield on March 26, 2010 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Connect, Create, Celebrate


Added by Katharine Byers on March 22, 2010 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Happy Spring!

Happy Spring! Enjoy this spring image photographed by Emily Adams at age 10

Added by Catherine Adams on March 21, 2010 at 7:26pm — No Comments

The Cabin Path Workshops

I have been reading the blogs on the site and sharing concerns of many of the issues that we all seem to be facing!

I have a place (my backyard! 52 acres) near Atlanta, Ga, The Cabin Path. We have a lake, log cabin, walking trails, a labyrinth, and a Native American rock circle and NA trees. I have been…


Added by Sarah Crutchfield on March 21, 2010 at 2:09pm — 2 Comments

A Walk in Nearby Woods

I last posted about the treehouse we built for my daughter in the redwoods near our house. It's a lovely spot and, in addition to being a great place to relax beneath the trees, one of its bonuses is that, once you're in it, the surrounding forest opens up to you. Our family recently took a little walk through it, lured by the beauty of the shafts of sunlight that beamed through the tree branches and by the call of owls -- perhaps the same ones who spent part of last summer living in a tree… Continue

Added by Suz Lipman on March 18, 2010 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Children and Autonomy

Reading something Richard Louv wrote recently inspired me to write the post from which this is excerpted.

Perseverance, discipline, responsibility and independence are learned skills. I will differentiate skills from knowledge in that knowledge can be contained in books whereas skills are learned only by doing and usually by trial and error. The process of acquiring skills is, I think, hugely important to the development of people. In the process of acquiring other skills, like playing… Continue

Added by beth chase on March 15, 2010 at 2:35pm — 3 Comments

A Sense of Security in the Face of Global Warming

Hello, I have just joined this ning but I have been a member of the C&NN for some time. This essay, which first appeared as three posts on my blog, "Seasons South and North" (…


Added by Anne Morddel on March 13, 2010 at 10:02am — 1 Comment

Nature Center Funding Ideas?

I am a naturalist at a family adventure and nature resort near Brevard North Carolina. I am converting the hay loft of our barn into a nature center and I am looking for granting/funding sources that would be interested in supporting the nature center's construction. Does anyone have any ideas? Check out our website at for more info on our nature programming. Thanks for any input you can offer. --Steve

Added by Steve O'Neil on March 12, 2010 at 6:48am — 2 Comments

Treehouse in the Woods

Taking the idea of "nearby nature" to heart, and wanting to honor our teenage daughter's desire to spend more time in it, we recently built a treehouse nestled in the redwood trees by our house. Anna had long enjoyed a special stand of Cathedral Redwoods, which get their name by growing in a circle around a host stump or tree. This circle has about half a dozen trees, each about 150 feet tall.…


Added by Suz Lipman on March 10, 2010 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Paging Robert Michael Pyle, this one's for you.

“When people connect with nature, it happens somewhere. Almost everyone who cares deeply about the outdoors can identify a particular place where contact occurred. This may have been a wilderness, a national park, or a stretch of unbounded countryside, but more often the place that makes a difference is unspectacular: a vacant lot, a scruffy patch of woods, a weedy field, a stream, a green ravine…


Added by Chip Donahue on March 9, 2010 at 6:10pm — 1 Comment

Photo of the Week - Sunset by Kelly Doran

Check out the "photo of the week" and the amazing comments by Ms. Buffo's 5th grade class at Basalt Middle School in Basalt, Colorado at

Added by Catherine Adams on March 9, 2010 at 5:39pm — No Comments

Congratulations Natural Leaders Juan Martinez and Katia Rossi

I just learned that two members of C&NN's Natural Leaders Network have been featured in important upcoming books.

Juan Martinez, Natural Leader Coordinator, is featured in the book, Hispanics Living Green, by Sharon T. Freeman. A Congressional Reception to celebrate the book will be held March 17.

Juan is also speaking at the Smart Start/Early Childhood… Continue

Added by Suz Lipman on March 9, 2010 at 9:31am — 1 Comment

Outdoor Playgroups Toronto

The Torontonians are embracing the concept of outdoor playgroups. Now there are 5 different outdoor playgroups run by different parents every week in different parks in Toronto following the motto –No bad weather, only bad clothing

I guess there is a reason why they call the city, "Toronto the good"

Here's a recent blog post from Debra in The Beach outdoor playgroup …


Added by Kari on March 9, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Babes in the Woods in the press!

I'm really excited to see my book get a bit of press time. It is in this months' edition of Alaska Airlines inflight magazine and Climbing and Mountain Gazette magazines. Even if people don't buy the book (and I hope they do!) at least they will see that folks can and do take little ones out on adventures at an early age--safely! Get 'em hooked before they crawl I say!

Check out the reviews at…

Added by Jennifer Aist on March 8, 2010 at 10:26pm — No Comments

The Cabin Path Home School Workshop

Thursday, I resumed workshops at The Cabin Path...including the Home School Workshop Thursdays. It's been a long winter. Late last fall, I lost my only sister to ovarian cancer. I stayed with her and her husband that last month when she went home under Hospice. I had cancelled all of my busiest time with Native American units, and pioneer days at the log cabin. I also cancelled the Thanksgiving Cabin…


Added by Sarah Crutchfield on March 5, 2010 at 5:23pm — 2 Comments

I'm heading to the Natural Teacher's page. I need help quick.

One of my students just raised her hand and said she wanted to go home.

I asked her why and she mumbled something that sounded like

"I want to go home and play on tree limbs."

I replied with, "That sounds great! I haven't climbed a tree in a long time."

One of her fellow classmates remarked, "Mr. Donahue, she didn't say tree limbs. She wants to play on Free Realms." This is some sort of online video game. My students are 7…


Added by Chip Donahue on March 5, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Photo of the Week - Jesse's Water Image

Check out Jesse's (grade 6th) amazing water image and what he has to say about it. We have so much fun exploring with kids and taking pictures in the outdoors!

Added by Catherine Adams on March 4, 2010 at 9:43pm — No Comments

Getting a New Perspective On Nature. (Part 1)

Hi everyone!

Here is part of my most recent post from my blog Let's Connect With Nature!

It's a little longer post with links and pictures...the entire post can be found here. Hope you enjoy!

As always, comments are welcome and… Continue

Added by Chris Hettwer on March 3, 2010 at 3:24pm — No Comments

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