Kevin White and David Donnenfield, producers at Filmmakers Collaborative (www.filmmakerscollaborative.org
), 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 —
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 http://www.visualizeaplace.com
Added by Catherine Adams on March 29, 2010 at 4:21pm —
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 —
Added by Katharine Byers on March 22, 2010 at 4:51pm —
Happy Spring! Enjoy this spring image photographed by Emily Adams at age 10 http://www.visualizeaplace.com
Added by Catherine Adams on March 21, 2010 at 7:26pm —
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… Continue
Added by Sarah Crutchfield on March 21, 2010 at 2:09pm —
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 —
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 —
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" (… Continue
Added by Anne Morddel on March 13, 2010 at 10:02am —
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 http://www.earthshinenature.com
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 —
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.… Continue
Added by Suz Lipman on March 10, 2010 at 1:00pm —
“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… Continue
Added by Chip Donahue on March 9, 2010 at 6:10pm —
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 http://www.visualizeaplace.com
Added by Catherine Adams on March 9, 2010 at 5:39pm —
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 —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by Jennifer Aist on March 8, 2010 at 10:26pm —
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 workshops...my busiest time with Native American units, and pioneer days at the log cabin. I also cancelled the Thanksgiving Cabin… Continue
Added by Sarah Crutchfield on March 5, 2010 at 5:23pm —
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… Continue
Added by Chip Donahue on March 5, 2010 at 10:30am —
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! http://www.visualizeaplace.com
Added by Catherine Adams on March 4, 2010 at 9:43pm —
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 —