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Thanks you HOBA!



Hands On Bay Area (HOBA) has been amazing at helping us connect with companies that are wanting and willing to donate their time putting together Nature Circle Cards to help support our Cards for Kids program. Recently, HOBA staff as well as their board of directors volunteered as well.

We had a lot of fun…

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Added by Avery Cleary on February 7, 2011 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Amazing Volunteers!

 

 

Thanks to Hands On Bay Area we are meeting some of the nicest people and getting the help we need with Nature Circles!

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Kaiser, we were joined by 40+ enthusiastic volunteers that help us put together over 4000 Nature Circle card sets.

Check out more photos at …

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Added by Avery Cleary on February 7, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Helping hands, smiling faces and lots of enthusiasm!

Photo by Peter Merts - Amazing volunteers from the GAP!

Volunteers from Barclays working hard on Nature Circle Card Sets!…

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Added by Avery Cleary on February 7, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Conference on the Value of Play --Layers in Another Clear Deficit

Those of us operating in relation to Park and Rec facilites with ample outdoor features are often lucky enough to get to see how kids thrive and grow through playful interaction with nature and each other.

Though, as we know only too well, most children aren’t getting outdoors enough, and that is creating a “play (as well as nature) deficit.”

Next week, a couple of hundred experts gather at Clemson University to explore the distinctive value of play.

The Conference on…

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Added by Randy Eady on February 4, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Expedition Planning and Preparation

Greetings from Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, Canada! We arrived just a couple of days ago. Ellen, Van, Dave, and I spent ten days driving all the way from Minnesota. We hauled our twelve sled dogs, two sleds, plus most of our food and dog food in a big trailer. Ten days on the road might seem like a long time, but really all of the planning and preparation for this trip took much longer.

About a year ago we began to research our route and contact people living and traveling in…

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Added by Amy Freeman on February 3, 2011 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Using Nature as the Great Equalizer

Losing Oneself in School; Retaining Balance Through Nature



When children enter school, they bring with them their natural capacity for surveying the land and making meaning.  But for many children, school means leaving some of themselves behind and disconnecting from a natural world of movement and lots of self-directed stimulation. Plenty of the school curriculum requires children to meet task demands that don't relate to…
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Added by Randy Eady on February 3, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Introduce your kids to the local wetlands

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World Wetlands Day - Wetlands and Forests

This is the theme for World Wetlands Day 2011, especially chosen because 2011 is the UN International Year of Forests.

To celebrate World Wetlands Day - I am giving away FREE copies of Nika And The Painted Turtle

Just leave a comment below and I'll send you your FREE ebook.

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We…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on February 2, 2011 at 2:58pm — 3 Comments

Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring





Groundhog Day, February 2, has basically everything going for it that I love in a holiday -- It marks a point in a season; it's full of folklore and wisdom, superstition, ceremony, civic charm, mystery, agrarian history, and weather -- and it was featured in perhaps my all-time favorite movie of the same name, which itself is a study in acceptance and inner calm while…

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Added by Suz Lipman on February 2, 2011 at 1:35pm — No Comments

More on Slow Photography

For any of you who are looking for an approach to photography that focuses on slowing down and observing the natural world around us from a new perspective, Chris Orwig has a fantastic book called Visual Poetry (2010, New Riders). Freeman Patterson called photography the "art of seeing" and Dorothea Lange gave a wonderful description of  the camera as  "a tool for learning how to see without a camera".  Chris Orwig carries on where they left off, and provides a wonderful…

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Added by Shirley Hunt on February 1, 2011 at 10:27am — No Comments

Slow Photography

I always appreciate when friends send me links to articles relevant to our program, and to encouraging people to slow down and take notice of the world around us. This one was sent from a friend in Vancouver, and it resonates with our philosophy at Focus on Nature, and with the movement to nurture the child-nature connection. It's a reminder that when we're trying to engage kids (or adults) in exploring the natural world through photography, the focus should be on awakening their senses and…

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Added by Shirley Hunt on February 1, 2011 at 10:05am — 4 Comments

Sunny 92.3 FM in Chattanooga reported this on their morning show: Research shows that 19 percent of children ages 2-5 know how to use a Smartphone, but only 9 percent can tie their shoes, and more ch…

Sunny 92.3 FM in Chattanooga reported this on their morning show:



Research shows that 19 percent of children ages 2-5 know how to use a Smartphone, but only 9 percent can tie their shoes, and more children…

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Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on February 1, 2011 at 9:24am — No Comments

america your children are not dead they are only sleeping

                                                                                                         America

your children are

not dead; they are

only sleeping.

Alleluia!

 

There is a poem

here somewhere

I know I am close

and it will be about

the unspeakable…

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Added by r francis mudman johnson on January 28, 2011 at 8:57pm — 2 Comments

Recess, even in the winter!

What is considered to be too cold for recess in Canada and the US differs from state to province. On our Facebook page, we had one mom reporting in Texas that kids are watching cartoons at their school when it is 15°C (59°F) outside because it is too cold. Then we have schools in Canada and the US that are outside when it –20°C (-4°F). …

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Added by Kari on January 27, 2011 at 8:18am — 2 Comments

OVER THE LAWN, THROUGH THE WICKET, ACROSS THE GENERATIONAL GAP…

Chat overheard near the Veterans Park Croquet area, Delray Beach, FL:

A wee girl flatly stated to her new student, "Be careful, sometimes I forget my sippy-cup on the grass."

The eldster student, securing his cup's lid, replied, "I've done that before."

The embolden girl whispered conspiratorially, "Also, I get sooo excited playing, I forget to go to the…

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Added by Randy Eady on January 24, 2011 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Connecting Children to Nature web video

I recently completed a short web video as part of the City of San Diego Parks & Rec web series. It follows Families Adventures in Nature as they explore Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego. In the process it demonstrates  the importance of reconnecting children to nature.

http://fieldnotes.com/csdprcn.html

Added by Jim Karnik on January 21, 2011 at 8:04pm — 4 Comments

We Are All Connected

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When children and nature mix, something magical happens.

Watch the video..........

Sadly today, children spend 90% of their time indoors.

I am passionate about getting children outdoors and connecting with nature. I believe if we inspire a love for nature in a child, it will lead to a desire to protect it. First we have to give children the opportunity and freedom to go outside and explore, discover…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on January 20, 2011 at 2:28pm — 2 Comments

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

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