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Ice Fishing: Resolutions and Realizations

There are lists everywhere in our house.  Grocery lists, honey-do lists, the lists go on…  And this is where my husband and I found ourselves on New Year’s day, creating another list.  Not an exciting list, not a bucket list or list of our favorite things, as usual, this list consisted of chores and mundane must do’s.  All the “shoulds” lined up in a neat row waiting to be anointed with a holy “you are a good person” check mark.  So, I am sure you can imagine my relief when Matt Polstein…

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Added by Sarah Hunt on January 19, 2011 at 10:57am — No Comments

The Imploding Iceberg

My home province of Newfoundland and Labrador has so many natural gifts that for those of us living here, we tend to take them for granted.  Growing up near the ocean, and being the son of a fisherman, seeing icebergs was a near daily occurance. Over the years I've seen many different shapes and sizes, both up close and far away.   A cool thing is when icebergs 'founder' - when they flip over or break apart.  It tends to happen in seconds and shows the amazing power of when something so big…

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Added by For the Love of Nature on January 18, 2011 at 8:37pm — No Comments

Want to get kids acquainted with North American birds?  Look up my book "The Wonder of Wings". It has  color illustrations of 24 species, and a rhyming poem to go with each, plus a few other poems ab…

Want to get kids acquainted with North American birds?  Look up my book "The Wonder of Wings". It has  color illustrations of 24 species, and a rhyming poem to go with each, plus a few other poems about birds.   I feel the rhymes will help kids remember facts they have read.

I also have a coffee table book of 256 nature photos (scenic landscapes, flowers, birds, insects, etc.) combined with captions that are either descriptive or imaginative, to enhance the impact of the photos.  This…

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Added by Erica Stux on January 17, 2011 at 4:45pm — 1 Comment

Indoor Parks?

Spotted this in Sunday's NY Times, and it introduced a slew of questions for me!

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/16/nyregion/16critic.html

Your thoughts?

Added by Shirley Hunt on January 17, 2011 at 3:25pm — No Comments

get out in the elements

Latest post at my blog: TheNatureSchool.net

Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are, of course, in the midst of winter (you southern hemisphere folk will have to wait till July). What winter looks like varies greatly from latitude to latitude. What winter usually does usually have as a common thread is unpredictable weather. The northeastern United States is buried under mountains of snow that are atypical for that region at this time of year. US weather reporters have said that…

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Added by beth chase on January 16, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Parks are Free for Exploring

There are many state and local parks accessible - even within walking distance that you might not even know about. Sitting down with your children to explore your own local maps and destinations is a wonderful opportunity to talk about how our land is preserved and the wonderful ways you can engage with it.

Simple ideas like

  • Unfolding a map - not via the computer but the experience of touching the paper and running your fingers along the places you can visit - is a…
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Added by Stephanie Rach-Wilson on January 15, 2011 at 11:22am — No Comments

Art Attack In The Garden

canvas-in-the-snow

We move to our new house this week and while clearing out his room, Samuel found a blank canvas. "Oh mum, can I do a splat painting for my new bedroom?"

"Of course you can Samuel" I said and gladly handed him my basket of paints.

sam-and-paints

He headed out to the back garden and lay his blank canvas on the snow.

sam-and-paint

Samuel was in his element.

painting-in-the-garden

He was completely and utterly free, wild and spirited…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on January 13, 2011 at 12:04pm — No Comments

The Dragonfly - my favourite!

The Dragonfly.  It is one of the largest insects you'll see around.  Most people avoid them for fear of their biting or stinging abilities. Still, their helicopter-like flight makes us pause in amazement when they hover over ponds or in our gardens. It's just that they look like they could do some damage. In Newfoundland we've dubbed them with names such as horse stinger and devil's darning needle - the latter more common in areas settled by the Irish.  My boyhood logic told me to avoid…

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Added by For the Love of Nature on January 11, 2011 at 4:08pm — 3 Comments

Beginning the Journey Home



Dave and I have begun the trip home (using modes of transportation that are much faster than our …

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Added by Amy Freeman on January 11, 2011 at 11:08am — No Comments

Treats from the Trail



This article was written by Maureen Hanzel when she and four other folks affiliated with Shedd Aquarium joined the North American Odyssey, canoeing on the Yukon River…

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Added by Amy Freeman on January 11, 2011 at 10:45am — No Comments

Final snippet number ten from 'The Naturals; The Story of Earth'

There are ten stories within my book, 'The Naturals':  The Story of Cloudy, Snowy, Windy, Moony, Hailstones, Sunny, Rainbow, Rainy, Starry and Earth. They are 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 right back!  Here is a snippet from my final story in my book, 'The…
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Added by Sharon Petersen on January 11, 2011 at 6:27am — No Comments

Pocono Environmental Education Center

I work at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), located in eastern Pennsylvania, near the Delaware River.  Our mission is to advance environmental awareness, knowledge, and appreciation through hands-on experience in a natural outdoor…

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Added by Molly Jane Check on January 10, 2011 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Schoolyards should have trees and other living things



Andrew H. Wilson Charter School courtyard, New Orleans, LA. Image…

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Added by Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC on January 10, 2011 at 1:15pm — 1 Comment

Education Coordinator Volcan Mountain

As the education coordinator for Volcan Mountain Foundation I would like to bring kids onto the mountain for a near-by nature program...the funny thing is...here we are in the country, yet we will have to bus the kids there; while in the City of San Diego you have your canyons near-by for many kids to walk to!

We are currently creating an education program as part of their science framework experience, by getting them up on the mountain to learn about their own back-yard. We have been…

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Added by kathleen beck on January 7, 2011 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Each Tree Has Its Own Story

This silence in the timbers.

A woodpecker on one of the trees taps out its story.

Robert Haigh…

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Added by Page Lambert on January 5, 2011 at 10:29am — No Comments

7 Tips for Winter Camping with Children





When the weather gets colder and the leaves fall off the trees, it's easy to stay inside and

forget about the opportunities for outdoor recreation.  The winter is a great time to hike

or camp, as long as you are adequately prepared for the activity.  Your children will appreciate

the added challenges involved in winter camping. 



When you are getting your gear together, don't forget a digital camera, and binoculars. …

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Added by Stephanie Trementozzi on January 5, 2011 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

This Carpenter is a Sow Bug!

The Sow Bug is a small humble little guy.  They are common in gardens though tend to stay out of sight.  Sow Bugs seem skilled at getting into your house as well. This is especially true if you have an older home or one without a finished concrete basement.  In Newfoundland they are commonly called wood lice, carpenters and even boat builders.

Sow Bugs can be found gathered at near rotting wood so are considered pests by some.  However most of the time they are content to remain in…

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Added by For the Love of Nature on January 4, 2011 at 7:15pm — No Comments

Webinar with Kaboom! Getting outside in the winter !

January 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM EST, 12:00 PM CST, 11:00 AM MST, 10:00 AM PST

(60 minutes)

Join Kari Svenneby, founder of ActiveKidsClub.com, for a complete guide to how to start your own Outdoor Playgroup, embrace the season with fun activities and get out there as a family.

She'll share the story of ActiveKidsClub.com, how it grew

from one Norwegian mom living in Toronto who just wanted her kid to meet

other kids outside to…

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Added by Kari on January 3, 2011 at 9:57am — 2 Comments

New Film MOTHER NATURE'S CHILD Now Available

We are pleased to announce that our film MOTHER NATURE'S CHILD: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age is finally finished! The DVD, along with a study guide insert, is now available (www.mothernaturesmovie,com) and screenings are being scheduled. The first one is January 12th at the Loew Theater in Hanover, NH, to be followed by a panel discussion.

Added by Camilla Rockwell on December 28, 2010 at 7:50pm — 1 Comment

The Pounding Waves at Twillingate

My recent visit to Twillingate, on Newfoundland's northeast coast, inspires this departure from my usual bug postings.  Just 2 days ago on December 26 I was in the community for a visit.  The province had experienced a few weeks of strong winds and high tides. Normally at this time of year the snow has arrived making hiking trails inaccessible. Not this year.  The trails are wet but there is no snow. 

I left Durrell and hiked…

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Added by For the Love of Nature on December 28, 2010 at 9:54am — No Comments

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