September 2010 Blog Posts (26)

Mission:Explore is now available in the United States!

In April I wrote a blog post about Mission:Explore, our book which had just been published. I am very pleased to say that the book is now also available in the United States and is currently available on… Continue

Added by Daniel Raven-Ellison on September 30, 2010 at 3:10am — No Comments

We Gather Together and rememberance day

After the sign in for ‘We Gather Together’ we took a moment to talk about the day of remembrance and service and how VISTA is a national service program linking this national observance to our area.…

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Added by Erik William Kraemer on September 28, 2010 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Getting Kids Outside – Connecting With Nature

Nature play nurtures a child’s body, mind and spirit.

When children and nature mix, something magical happens….Watch the video.











What a joy it was to share time with these children in nature…………Thank you! This event helped raise funds for children suffering from Cancer. The funds will go towards the …

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on September 24, 2010 at 8:45am — 1 Comment

learning from a thorn

there is an ongoing conversation between parents and a few teachers in one of our schools about not planting raspberries b/c they have thorns. i've provided them all w/ some friendly insights, wondering what others have to say about this... should be some fun discussions

Added by Bobbi j Geise on September 23, 2010 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

Today's Taiga Trek - Kincaid Park, Anchorage, AK

What a perfect autumn morning in Alaska! We had an AMAZING turnout this

morning. We had 17 mamas, 1 grandma, 21 kiddos, 1 newspaper

photographer and 4 pups. It was a great hike, we probably could have

gone longer, but the bigger kids had a blast playing and snacking and

the parents had a chance to mingle and get to know each other. We

should appear in the Anchorage Daily News

sometime with in the next few days. …



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Added by Harmony on September 23, 2010 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Last Week's Trek with the Taiga Trekkers - Beach Lake Trail, Chugiak, AK

Once again Mother Nature came and joined in the fun! It was super foggy when we began, but cleared up by the middle of the hike. We saw a long stretch of bear tracks on the beach! The kids all got a chance to play together and snack midway. Three new mamas and babes joined us! I counted 15 parents and 14 kids for a total of 29 participants along with 5 pups.…



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Added by Harmony on September 23, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

What would you do with this space?

Hello Everyone



I wondered if you could help a couple of friends who have no pre-school experience and want to develop this outdoor space for visiting groups of 3-6 year olds. It's part of an outdoor education facility that is an old converted school.…



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Added by Juliet Robertson on September 20, 2010 at 11:32pm — 4 Comments

Nature and Re-Silence

“How do you know but ev'ry bird that cuts the airy way

is an immense world of delight, clos'd by your senses five?”…

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Added by Randy Eady on September 20, 2010 at 6:25am — 1 Comment

Wilderness Tonic and EcoVentures

Wilderness Tonic and EcoVentures by Randy Eady…
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Added by Randy Eady on September 19, 2010 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Mass Audubon ROCKS

This is an excerpt from my blog over at http://www.playgroundhunt.com/blog/the-great-outdoors/. I just joined here and am still…

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Added by Playground Hunt on September 18, 2010 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Snippet number seven from 'The Naturals', The Story of Rainbow'

There are ten stories within my book, 'The Naturals': The Story of Cloudy, Snowy, Windy, Moony, Hailstones, Sunny, Rainbow, Rainy, Starry and Earth. To be read to 4-10 year olds so that they may feel the connection with our Natural World. Once they can feel that our Natural World is alive and compassionate and looking after us all, they will want to look after it!



Here is a snippet from 'The Story of Rainbow':



'As Sam and his family bundled into the car, he looked up at… Continue

Added by Sharon Petersen on September 17, 2010 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Snippet number six from 'The Naturals', The Story of Sunny'

There are ten stories within my book, 'The Naturals': The Story of Cloudy, Snowy, Windy, Moony, Hailstones, Sunny, Rainbow, Rainy, Starry and Earth. To be read to 4-10 year olds so that they may feel the connection with our Natural World. Once they can feel that our Natural World is alive and compassionate and looking after us all, they will want to look after it!



Here is a snippet from 'The Story of Sunny':



'Little Mole was walking really slowly and he could hear that the… Continue

Added by Sharon Petersen on September 15, 2010 at 7:02am — 5 Comments

1000 Members!



WOW! We are quickly approaching 1000 members on this network!

Time to make a member challenge to reach this milestone. Let's find more like-minded folks who care about connecting our kids to the wonders of nature and get them on board.

A few options of places to…

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Added by Ernie McLaney on September 14, 2010 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Fishing out the real 'Big Society' in Britain





Despite the Government’s best efforts to sugar coat the harsh reality of the country’s financial situation, the idea that the ‘Big Society’ will offer a meaningful solution is proving a bitter pill to swallow for many people. Only time will tell whether phrases such as “the Big Society - a smoke screen masking impending deep cuts” materialise into anything other than…

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Added by Charley May on September 13, 2010 at 8:49am — No Comments

Outdoor Nature Preschools in Ohio

Does anyone know of any Outdoor Nature Pre-Schools that are

located in Ohio?? I have been reading about them on this

blog and am very intrigued. Thanks, Colleen

Added by Colleen Royer on September 12, 2010 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Digging the Nature Bond



Sundays this beautiful are rare during Nebraska Septembers, so son Duncan and I seized the day to head out on a little road trip adventure. Our destination: Ashfall Fossil Beds, near the town of . . . well . . . near nothing, really. It’s in northeast Nebraska, pretty much in the middle of nowhere. But for lovers of ancient nature, it’s the epicenter of the midlands.…



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Added by Ken Finch on September 10, 2010 at 8:19pm — No Comments

Taiga Trekkers - Hiking with Little Ones

Another huge turnout for Taiga Trekkers! I counted about about 32 participants (parents and kiddos combined). Conversations ranged from how to say "no" to your toddler, sleep, nursing, and first teething experiences. Children ages varied from 3 months to 2 years. Many of the mamas were hiking with two kiddos in tow or are pregnant with number 2. Networking was happening, friendships deepened and bonds forged... all while ambling with our little ones…

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Added by Harmony on September 9, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

love comes first

"If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the Earth before we ask them to save it." --David Sobel…


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Added by Clark Meyer on September 9, 2010 at 6:09am — No Comments

Children and Nature Give Joy to All

Building the Biggest Butterfly Girl Fairy House for Charity (part 2)



Getting kids outside and connecting with nature couldn’t be more FUN!



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Upon arrival the girls were spotting all the Butterfly Girls hanging in the trees.



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Once everyone had arrived I handed out some chalk and asked the children to draw their favorite animal, bird or…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on September 8, 2010 at 10:06pm — No Comments

More on the moon

A while back I did a series on Moon Watching at my TheNatureSchool blog. Yesterday I learned that Texas Tech and others are doing a moon study that is gathering 4th-8th grade students from around the world to make observations and contribute essays about their observations. You can read more about the study here at the World Moon Project site. They are requesting students register by Oct 8th. Details on… Continue

Added by beth chase on September 6, 2010 at 5:45am — 1 Comment

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